We are getting closer to the 2014 NHL Draft. Over the upcoming weeks, we are going to look at some of the top prospects that the 2014 NHL Draft has to offer, and what they will bring to the team that drafts them.
Player: Sam Bennett
Position: Center/Left Wing
Weight: 181 lbs.
Date Of Birth: June 20, 1996 (17-years-old)
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Current Team: Kingston Frontenacs (Ontario Hockey League)
Jersey Number: 93
Projected Pick: Top 10
Sam Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs is one of my favorite prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft class. He is a player with tremendous hockey sense, and isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas. He works hard on every shift, and brings a lot of energy. His offense is terrific. He has a very clean and quick shot that can beat goalies. He’s not a flashy player like Jeff Skinner, but he still possesses a lot of offensive upside.
After an impressive rookie season, the 17-year-old has played great in his second year in Kingston. He has tallied 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 31 games this season for the Frontenacs. He has very good offensive awareness, meaning he is almost always has good positioning , and has a good sense of what to do offensively.
“Bennett is showing he deserves to be in the conversation for first overall. He’s a well-rounded player who is impacting the game in so many positive ways and continues to get better.”
-TSN’s Director Of Scouting, Craig Button
He is a poised player whose game should translate well to the pro level. He’s a well rounded player that will help a team in almost all areas. The team that drafts him will get a reliable player. He projects to be a top six forward in the NHL, and a top 10 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
NHL Player Comparison: Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is a great comparison for Sam Bennett. Pavelski is a very reliable two-way forward who can also score. He is a smaller player at 5-foot-11, 190 lbs. Pavelski won’t blow you away, but he is a very productive player, none the less. Sam Bennett compares to Pavelski well in that way.