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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.


Observations

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March 2022 – Benning is having an incredibly successful sophomore season as a key part of a dominant U of Denver squad. He was named Player of the Week in his NCAA Division in late February 2022, and currently sits second league-wide for goal scoring by a defenceman (14) behind New Jersey Devils prospect Luke Hughes. Benning’s star potential remains low for the moment because he is a product of the AJHL (prior to college), which has fewer comparables than more common junior leagues. However, he likely has the most upside from a fantasy perspective of any defenceman in Florida’s pipeline right now—picture a Vince Dunn or Nick Leddy type who can score 35+ points with about two shots per game and time on PP2. Ben Gehrels

October 2020 – Benning was drafted 95th overall by the Panthers. Benning is expected to spend at least two years in college before turning pro.  Jokke Nevalainen

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 2.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 5, 2002
Height 5‘9”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 4; Overall: 95

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Team Brick Alberta Brick Invitational6 0 11 0|        
 2014-2015 St. Albert Sabres PWQC Int PW5 0 66 4|        
 2015-2016 St. Albert Sabres U15 AAAAEHL U1534 6 1218 22|Playoffs2 0 11
 2016-2017 St. Albert Sabres U15 AAAAEHL U1536 10 3343 42|Playoffs10 2 46
  St. Albert Flyers U17 AAAAEHL U171 0 11 0|        
  St. Albert Sabres U15 AAAJohn Reid Bantam5 2 57 8|        
  Team Northwest Alberta Cup5 1 34 2|        
 2017-2018 Northern Alberta Xtreme U16 PrepCSSHL U1629 14