Position: Left Wing
2013-14 Team: Kingston (OHL)
From: Richmond Hill, Ontario
“He plays the kind of game you think cannot be sustained for a whole season because it’s a high-energy game and compete game at all ends of the ice… He ends up playing that game for the whole year and has led his team. He just never stops, and put that with the skill package he has and how well he thinks the game, he’s pretty much a top-notch player.”
– NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory
When the 2013-14 season started, no one thought that Sam Bennett would be a candidate to be drafted first overall. That all changed in January when NHL Central Scouting named Bennett their top player in their mid-term rankings.
That ranking didn’t change when Central Scouting revealed their final rankings as Bennett remains to sit No.1. One of the two Sams at the top of the draft this year, Bennett doesn’t have the same name recognition that Sam Reinhart has, but that hasn’t stopped him one bit.
Bennett scored 36 goals while adding 55 assists for 91 points in 57 games played. He led his team, the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, in most offensive categories. As a result, he was named the CHL’s Top Prospect yesterday.
Bennett should go within the top four picks of the 2014 NHL Draft. The best fit for him would probably be one of the Alberta teams with the Edmonton Oilers drafting third and the Calgary Flames drafting fourth.