2010-11: Sean Malone played for the Nichols School in Buffalo and skated for the Buffalo Saints midget team. In 18 games for Nichols he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. Malone was selected by Lincoln in the fourth round (49th overall) of the 2011 USHL Futures Draft.
2011-12: Malone was the top scorer for the Nichols School in his junior season and played for the Buffalo Saints U18 team. In 16 games for Nichols he scored 17 goals with 19 assists and had 6 penalty minutes. Malone scored 27 goals with 27 assists skating for the Saints. He was invited to the USA Hockey Select 17 Development Camp.
2012-13: Malone left Nichols to play for the USA National Team Development Program’s U18 team in Ann Arbor, Michigan and represented the USA in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. In 50 games he scored 16 goals with 17 assists and had 19 penalty minutes. Malone had 1 assist in 4 games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He had one assist and was -2 in seven games at the WJC. The United States reached the gold medal game, falling 3-2 to Canada. Malone, rated 98th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, was ranked 62nd in the final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Malone skated in 31 games for Harvard University in his freshman season. He scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was -6 with 16 penalty minutes. Expected to be one of the top teams in ECAC Hockey following the turbulent 2012-13 season, Harvard finished tied with Dartmouth for 10th in the 12-team league and was swept by Yale in a two-game first round playoff series.
2014-15: Malone attended the USA Hockey U20 evaluation camp in Lake Placid before returning to Harvard for his sophomore season. After missing the start of the college season due to injury, he played a key role in Harvard’s strong finish. Malone scored 1 goal with 2 assists in a 4-3 win at Princeton on December 5th in his first game of the season. He had 8 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 12 penalty minutes in 20 games for the Crimson heading into the NCAA tournament. Harvard, after opening the year 10-1-2, was racked by injury and finished sixth in ECAC Hockey. The Crimson came together in the playoffs, sweeping Brown in a first round series, defeating Yale, 3-2 in double overtime in the decisive Game 3 of their quarterfinal series and then defeating Qunnipiac (5-2) and Colgate (4-2) In the ECAC championship weekend in Lake Placid.
Malone is a player who leads by example with a strong work ethic. He is a responsible, two-way player but isn't a highly-skilled offensive player. When he does produce points it is usually by going into hard areas or driving to the net. He reads the play well and anticipates opportunities to create chances for his team and prevent opposition passes or shots. He regularly outworks his opponents and his intensity is always evident on the ice.
Malone returned to Harvard for his sophomore season in 2014-15. Slowed by an injury early in the year, he made up for any disappointment he might have had about not participating in the 2015 World Juniors with the USA by having a strong season for the Crimson. Malone needs to further develop his skills and continue to add strength if he is to compete at the NHL level one day. Long term he projects to be a depth forward for the Sabres.