Sam Bennett Draft Report | The Scouting Report

LW Sam Bennett | Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Shoots: Left
Date of Birth: 1996-06-20
Height: 6.00
Weight: 178 lbs.
NHL Draft Eligible: 2014
TSR NHL Draft Rank: 9

Scouting report

Where McKeown is tougher to project, teammate Sam Bennett is one of the most complete forwards you'll find in 2014. The 6-foot centre had a terrific rookie season and capped it off by representing Team Canada at the Under 18 World Championships as an underaged player (alongside McKeown). Bennett is a true 200-foot player and is capable of playing on the powerplay, penalty kill, and is never one to cheat his defensive responsibilities to initiate something at the other end of the ice. That's not to downplay his offensive game, however, as Bennett is a very crafty player who has a deceptive shot release and underrated playmaking ability. His overall ceiling might not match that of some of the guys in front of him but there's no doubting his ability to be a top six player in the NHL and more.

Player Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAGTMMHL37 33 3669 34|        
  Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAOHL Cup7 3 811 10|        
 2012-2013 Kingston FrontenacsOHL60 18 2240 87|Playoffs4 0 33
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 3 36 10|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 3 47 4|        
 2013-2014 Kingston FrontenacsOHL57 36 5591 118|Playoffs7 5 49 18 
  Canada U18Hlinka Memorial5 3 14 6|        

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2014 NHL Draft Rankings

1. C Sam Reinhart Kootenay Ice
2. D Aaron Ekblad Barrie Colts
3. C Michael Dal Colle Oshawa Generals
4. C Leon Draisaitl Prince Albert Raiders
5. C William Nylander Rogle
6. LW Nick Ritchie Peterborough Petes
7. D Haydn Fleury Red Deer Rebels
8. D Roland McKeown Kingston Frontenacs
9. LW Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs
10. C Jared McCann Soo Greyhounds

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