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Fantasy Summary

In part due to injuries, questions will remain as to whether he projects to be an above average, physical second-line winger or a bottom-six energy player.


Observations

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June 2022 – It feels like Benson has been trying to make the Oilers forever and unfortunately it is looking less and less likely that the 24-year-old becomes a regular in the Edmonton’s lineup. The positive for Benson is that he suited up in 29 games for the Oil last season, the negative is that he recorded just a goal and an assist in that time and was not given much of a chance in the top nine. His 12 points in 18 AHL games was also the worst points per game total of his AHL career. While he has not looked bad in his time in the NHL, Benson has also not been able to make much of an impact or flash much upside as a potential top-nine player. The left winger does a lot of little things right but he does not appear to have a defining trait that jumps out as NHL calibre. With his contract coming to an end after last season, time will tell if Ken Holland and the Oilers’ brass will opt to resign the Edmonton native or not. If he is resigned, it is likely that he will be tasked as a top-six forward and mentor on the Condors as opposed to a future full-time NHLer. Benson’s development has been relatively stagnant since he joined the Bakersfield Condors back in 2018 so it is likely unfair to expect a statistical jump this season. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2021 – From a fantastic AHL rookie campaign in 2018-2019 to an underwhelming 2019-2020 season that featured most Condor players regressing – most people now seem confused as to what Benson’s potential is. The good news is he has looked quite good this season as he recorded 19 points in 15 games in the Swiss League. He then came back to North America where he has 11 poin