Sean Monahan had quite an advantage in his first two Ontario Hockey League seasons, getting to play alongside three of the finest prospects in the league.

As it turns out, time with Tyler Toffoli, Shane Prince and Cody Ceci with the Ottawa 67's has given Monahan the extra tools needed to incorporate into his repertoire as captain of the team.

Monahan had 53 goals and 125 points in 127 games beside Toffoli, Prince and Ceci in his first two OHL seasons. Toffoli and Prince started their professional careers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, while Ceci, who was a co-captain with Monahan at the start of season, was traded to the Owen Sound Attack in January.

"I've been captain with a lot of teams growing up, so it's kind of a natural trait, I guess," Monahan told

Monahan captained his Mississauga Rebels midget team to the 2010 OHL Cup while being selected the tournament's most valuable player.

"When my coach announced that I was going to be sharing the 'C' with Ceci before the season, it was pretty special," Monahan said. "After the trade, I was made the full-time captain and it's something I take very seriously. We're kind of rebuilding and have a lot of young guys, so I take a lot of pride in that role."

Following the trade of Ceci, Monahan had 15 goals and 29 points in 29 games. For the season, he led his team in goals (31), assists (47), power-play goals (15) and points (78). His offensive output is even more impressive when you consider a young Ottawa team only won 16 games and he was the focal point of opposing teams.