Michael Benning

2020 NHL Draft
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Fantasy Summary

A shifty defender out of the AJHL, Benning is a prototypical modern-day blueliner. He has the ability to skate, make a good first pass and create in transition.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 5, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

August 2019 – Following in the steps of Cale Makar, Benning is playing his draft year in the AJHL and will likely improve on the point-per-game pace that he set last year. The dynamic blueliner is the modern-day defender that every team craves. He skates well, moves the puck up the ice and his game is quite good in transition. He is shifty through the neutral zone and does a good job of evading defenders as he walks the blue line. He does a good job of distributing the puck from the point. He opens up passing lanes by skating the blueline and makes quick decisions when filtering the puck down towards the front of the net. He is slight at just 5’9″ and 170lbs but the Sherwood Park Crusader will likely be among the best defencemen on the AJHL circuit. With a strong draft year, Benning could be a massive riser throughout the year. Ranked anywhere between 50 and 100 on early-season publications, Benning has the potential to break into the first round by seasons end. Tony Ferrari


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Team Brick Alberta Brick Invitational 6 0 1 1 0 |          
 2014-2015 St. Albert Sabres PW QC Int PW 5 0 6 6 4 |          
 2015-2016 St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA AEHL U15 34 6 12 18 22 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
 2016-2017 St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA AEHL U15 36 10 33 43 42 | Playoffs 10 2 4 6
  St. Albert Flyers U16 AAA AEHL U16 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  St. Albert Sabres U15 AAA John Reid Bantam 5 2 5 7 8 |          
  Team Northwest Alberta Cup 5 1 3 4 2 |          
 2017-2018 Northern Alberta Elite 15s CSSHL E15 29 14 35 49 34 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3 17 
  Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep CSSHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL 60 10 51 61 99 | Playoffs 12 1 8 9 14 
 2019-2020 Sherwood Park Crusaders AJHL 54 12 63 75 54 |          
  AJHL Selects JCWC 5 1 3 4 6 |          
  Canada West U19 WJAC-19 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2020-2021 Univ. of Denver NCAA - - - - - |          

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