Sam Bennett

Dean Youngblood

2016-01-21

 

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Sam Bennett, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 178

Born: 1996-06-20

Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Calgary Flames, 4th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

Jan 2015: Bennett has collected eight goals over a five game span in January, including a four goal effort in a 6-0 trouncing of Florida. He should get a boost from Frolik returning from injury but his opportunities are continuing to grow. When Bennett is significantly involved in the offence, Calgary is winning games. He has 17 shots in those five games from Jan 11-19th

 

Nov 2015 – After beginning the season with one point in eight games, he's collected 12 points in the last 13 games beginning with a two-point night in Ottawa near the end of October. He's playing with a lot of confidence and having a Corsi guru like Frolik on your wing every night helps. The Flames organization knows the future involves Sam Bennett and Coach Hartley is on board. As long as he is driving the ship, Bennett will get opportunities, especially playing as well as he has been. – Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2015 – His first regular season goal. It may not have been the highlight of the night but it gets him on the board. In order to shake up the offense, he was placed on a line with Gaudreau and Frolik. They have been giving him time both at C and LW but maybe this is the spark he's needed. – Joel Henderson

 

July 2015 – Sam played just one regular season game as a Flame, but forced the management's hand by making the decision to play him the whole way through the second round of the playoffs vs the Ducks. This is significant since it burns a year off his ELC. Bennett has little left to prove in the OHL and managed to be a difference maker in the first round vs the Canucks. He should be a lock to start the season in the top nine and if he can earn a significant offensive role his fantasy value should remain sky high. Joel Henderson

 

March 2015 – Bennett has fully recovered from shoulder surgery and has returned to Kingston in the OHL. The team has seen a boost since the return of their star as he has posted 11 points (five goals) in his first six games. It is early but Sam is clipping along at just over 1.8 points per game (PPG). He averaged 1.6 PPG last season in 57 games for the Frontenacs. With Calgary's apparent willingness to usher in the arrival of youngsters, there should be little to stop Bennett from starting 2015-16 in a top nine NHL role, if not inside the top six. Brad Wilson

 

September 2014 – Bennett missed the third period of the final Young Stars game against the Canucks after sustaining a groin injury. Although the Flames hopeful did not return it seems it was more a precaution than a serious injury. Bennett is expected to be fine after some rest. Monitor the situation into main camp. If the injury drags on it could hamper what chances he has of making the big club.&nb