Tyler Benson

Edmonton Oilers
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

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.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.7
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 15, 1998
Height 6‘0”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 32

Observations

February 2019 – It’s hard not to be impressed with the season that the AHL rookie is currently having. The Bakersfield Condors have won 16 games in a row and Benson has been a big part of that success. The young winger leads the team in scoring with 43 points in 50 games which is good for fourth for all AHL rookies. His 35 assists place him first in the AHL for rookies and sixth for all players. With the success that the Condors are currently having and the lack of success the Oilers are once again having, unless injuries occur, Benson will likely spend the rest of the season down in Bakersfield. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2018 – After playing in just 183 out of a a possible 288 games for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL due to injury issues, Benson has made the jump to the AHL and hasn’t looked back. Despite only recording two points in his last six games, the young winger has tallied a promising 16 points in 21 games so far this season. The numbers are definitely encouraging with how much development time he missed in the WHL. If he continues to improve and adapt to the pro game, Benson could earn himself a call up sooner than later. The Oilers have struggled to develop prospects or even have them translate their games to the pro level so it’s an exciting time to have multiple prospects, including Benson, doing so well in their first pro seasons. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – A once highly sought after prospect, Benson has struggled to stay healthy throughout his WHL career. He was expected to be first round pick in 2016 but fell to the second round after playing just 30 games for the Giants that year. When in the lineup, Benson’s offensive ability, leadership and complete game made him a real threat for the Giants. In 58 games last season, the most games that he has played since the 2014-2015 campaign; Benson recorded a respectable 27 goals and 69 points. Due to his slowed down development from injuries and his lack of a dynamic facet that defines his game, it’s hard to predict how well the young winger will do in his first pro campaign. The potential is still there but expectations must be kept in check at this point. Jameson Ewasiuk

September 2017- The 2016-17 season was one to forget for the Vancouver Giants captain. Benson didn’t have a bad year but he was just plagued with injuries. The Edmonton-native was only able to suit up in 33 games where he managed to put up 11 goals and 31 assists. Benson missed the rookie development camp, the young stars tournament in Penticton, and the Edmonton Oilers main camp. The main focus for the young winger will be to stay healthy this year and get in a lot of games for Vancouver. Spencer Pomoty

October 2016 – Tyler has been chosen to represent the WHL in the Canada vs Russia series in November. Tyler has started the year off well with 10- points in eight games played and was named WHL Player of the Week on October 17th. Brayden Sully

June 2016 – The Oilers snared a hometown boy, paradoxically a scoring winger for blueline-deficient Edmonton. GM Peter Chiarelli must have some big moves coming to land defensemen. Benson had a decent season – totaling 28 points in the 30 games he managed to play between injuries. Can he overcome questionable skating? Mark Allan

March 2016 – Tyler Benson has undergone a frustrating 2015-16 season leading into his draft year, sustaining two significant injuries that limited him to 30 games and only 28 points. Named Captain of the Vancouver Giants as a 17 year-old, Tyler shows leadership qualities both on and off of the ice, and displays physical and mental maturity.

Benson is a strong, grinding winger who possesses both excellent passing ability and a quality shot. Strong along the wall and able to bully his way through traffic, Benson is willing to battle through to the open slot and can be difficult to handle in front of the net for smaller defenders. Benson is a capable two-way player that can be counted on to play in all situations, and has been a catalyst on a weak WHL team, though he lacks elite offensive instincts and shift-to-shift consistency at this stage in his development. Not blessed with top end speed, Benson could increase his overall effectiveness by improving his two-step quickness and keeping his feet moving at all times. – Aynsley Scott

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Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 SSAC Bantam AA 2 ERBHL 12 13 8 21 0 |          
 2011-2012 SSAC Lions Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 34 50 84 44 | Playoffs 11 12 19 31
  SSAC Lions Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 5 10 11 21 4 |          
 2012-2013 SSAC Lions Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 57 89 146 52 | Playoffs 11 15 22 37 16 
  SSAC Bulldogs Minor Midget AAA AMMHL 1 1 1 2 0 |          
  SSAC Lions Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 6 8 11 19 4 |          
  Team Edmonton South Alberta Cup 5 5 8 13 4 |          
 2013-2014 Team Alberta WCCC-16 4 2 1 3 0 |          
  Pursuit of Excellence Prep CSSHL 15 15 20 35 40 | Playoffs 3 2 2 4
  Pursuit of Excellence 18U NAPHL 18U 21 14 26 40 48 | Playoffs 4 3 4 7 28 
  Vancouver Giants WHL 7 0 0 0 0 |          
  Canada Pacific U17 WHC-17 6 1 0 1 2 |          
 2014-2015 Team Green U17-Dev 3 2 0 2 4 |          
  Vancouver Giants WHL 62 14 31 45 55 |          
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 1 3 4 8 |          
 2015-2016 Vancouver Giants WHL 30 9 19 28 46 |          
  Team White U18-Dev 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 4 5 0 |          
 2016-2017 Vancouver Giants WHL 33 11 31 42 31 |          
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 2 3 0 |          
 2017-2018 Vancouver Giants WHL 58 27 42 69 39 | Playoffs 7 3 8 11 10 
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 5 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 15 51 66 44 | Playoffs 10 1 6 7 10 
 2019-2020 Bakersfield Condors AHL 15 5 8 13 8 |          

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