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.
Malone is a player who leads by example with a strong work ethic. He is a responsible, two-way player, but with few offensive talents to speak of. He regularly outworks his opponents and his intensity is always evident on the ice.
Malone will suit up for Harvard University and stay in the college ranks for a few seasons. He needs to further develop his skills. Long term, Malone projects to be a depth forward for the Sabres.