|Assets:||A highly skilled player, he also displays very good two-way acumen and the competitive fire of a future captain. Will also show a feisty side that's tough to play against.|
|Flaws:||Will need to get significantly stronger if he is to continue to play his abrasive style in the long run at the NHL level. Also, he must prove himself as a goal-scorer in the pros.|
|Career Potential:||Talented, feisty two-way forward with good upside.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Top Draft Prospect||2013-14|
|OHL||Second All-Rookie Team||2012-13|
|OHL||Third All-Star Team||2013-14|
|7/25/2014||Signed by the Calgary Flames to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/27/2014||Drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (4th overall) in 2014.|
Sam Bennett expects to make Flames' roster | 07/05/2014 9:27 AM
NewsSam Bennett, the Flames' first draft choice last week (fourth overall), expects to crack Calgary's roster this season.
ImpactHis goal, he said, is "to prove that I'm ready and do whatever I can to make the team," Bennett said. "That's ultimately the goal." Bennett has arrived in the Stampede City for the summer prospects camp and the center expects to use this week as the springboard to claiming a big-league spot when the season opens in October. "I definitely want to leave a good impression on everyone that's watching. This is more the development camp so it's more for the players to develop and all that, but definitely I'm looking to show myself and definitely leave a good impression." Bennett had a breakout season in the 2013-14 OHL season, notching 36 goals and 91 points in 57 games.
Calgary dream comes true for Sam Bennett | 06/28/2014 8:55 AM
NewsSam Bennett was hoping to become a Calgary Flame.
ImpactThe gritty center from the Kingston Frontenacs, who often is compared to Kingston legend Doug Gilmour, got his wish Friday night at the NHL draft, when the Flames selected him with their fourth overall pick. "Before the draft, I had visited Calgary actually and when I got home, I went and saw my parents and was like, `Mom, Dad, I want to be a Calgary Flame and I want to play in Calgary.' " Bennett said. "To have that come true is unbelievable." After selecting Sean Monahan in the first round one year ago, the Flames hope to have a solid one-two punch up the middle.
Flames take Sam Bennett #4 overall | 06/27/2014 7:37 PM
NewsThe Calgary Flames have selected Kingston Frontenac star forward Sam Bennett with the fourth overall pick in Friday's NHL entry draft.
ImpactSam Bennett is among the class of 2014's fiercest competitors. The six-foot, 178 pound center is an elite playmaker and ferocious forechecker, keeping opponents consistently on their toes. Bennett had a breakout season in the 2013-14 OHL season, notching 36 goals and 91 points in just 57 games. He has the enviable ability to elevate his play in crunch time, using guts and talent to be a game breaker. The 18 year-old plays in all situations, and many believe he has the tools and drive to be a Jonathan Toews-type player. Bennett is a quick, creative and versatile forward, able to draw in opponents when he has the puck, and then make difficult passes through ifted vision and awareness. Bennett needs to get bigger and stronger, but it should not take long for him to make the leap to the NHL. He will make a dynamite one-two punch with Sean Monahan, possibly as early as this upcoming season.
Sam Bennett couldn't do pull-up at combine | 05/31/2014 9:09 PM
NewsSam Bennett, a candidate to be taken with the top pick in the 2014 draft, couldn't do a single pull-up at fitness testing.
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ImpactThe Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) center, who said he was "definitely disappointed," is ranked first among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings. The inability to complete a pull-up likely will not affect his draft stock at all. "The fact that he can play the game the way he plays the game, I think the teams feel that he's a pretty complete package," NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said. "This is what the whole combine's about: The team that's going to get Sam Bennett knows what work lies ahead and they'll be able to put him on the proper path for development."
Sam Bennett still the draft's top prospect | 04/08/2014 9:54 PM
NewsSam Bennett retained top spot in Central Scouting's final rankings of 2014 NHL Draft prospects on Tuesday.
ImpactThe 6-foot, 178-pount, left-shooting center has been compared to the likes of Doug Gilmour and Jonathan Toews, and held onto the number one ranking spot the entire year. He notched 91 points and owned a +34 rating for the Kingston Frontenacs this season. The next two highly touted prospects amongst North American skaters are defenseman Aaron Ekblad and center Sam Reinhart.
Sam Bennett reaches top of midterm rankings | 01/13/2014 5:42 PM
NewsSam Bennett topped Central Scouting's midterm rankings.
ImpactThe Kingston Frontenacs forward is fourth in OHL scoring with 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) in 40 games this season. "Bennett is there because, as a group, we feel he stood out to us in the first half of the season as the one that has the skills and intangibles to be a difference-maker," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "He's a player that can play in all situations, elevate his game and rise to the occasion." Leon Draisaitl sits at No. 2 on the list among North American skaters, while Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart fell to the third and fourth spots, respectively. Ekblad and Reinhart were the projected top picks heading into the year, so their drop from the chart is surprising.
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