Sam Bennett | C Kingston | OHL

Height: 6’0” Weight: 187 Shoots: Left
Born: June 20, 1996

Career Statistics
2012-2013   GP: 60   G: 18   A: 22   P: 40   +/-: -2   PIM: 87

Player Overview

Bennett has gotten off to a great start with Kingston, avoiding
 the superstitious "sophomore slump"
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When your coach describes you as playing the game along the lines of Pat Kane, you are doing something right. This season alone, Bennett has been working his way up draft boards with his strong offensive play. Only a third of the way through the OHL season, Bennett has almost matched his scoring totals from his rookie season with 33 points in 23 games. However, there were, and still are some things for the highly touted forward to work on.

Displaying great confidence with the puck on his stick, many considered his hands to be second, only to consensus 2015 first overall, Connor McDavid. With great breakaway speed, Bennett is also capable of eluding defenders when entering the zone. He can unleash and excellent shot, but also utilizes his great vision to complete the difficult passes.

However, after his first season, his coach, Todd Gill, wanted to see Bennett utilize his teammates more effectively and distribute the puck more. So far he has taken to criticism to heart and it has shown. Working in the offseason with Andy O’Brien, whose clientele includes NHL stars like Jason Spezza and Jeff Skinner, he is dedicated to putting in the work to improve. And although he is not necessarily the flashiest of players, Bennett is extremely smart and sees the game well.

The biggest aspect of his game he still wants to work on though is his defense. Personally, he considers himself a defensive liability and wants to continue to round out his game. With that, being known as a versatile player, he is also working to improve his face off ability.

Overall though, Bennett displays a high compete level, working hard on the forecheck to cause turnovers and shift the momentum. Modeling his game after Los Angeles Kings, Mike Richards, an all around player, Bennett’s claim to fame right now is his hockey sense. He’s another who will look to cement himself as an early first rounder in June.