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NHL Prospect Profile: LW Sam Bennett

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Sam Bennett is a name that burst on to the scene in January when Central Scouting named him the No. 1 overall North American prospect. Names like Reinhart and Ekblad were passed over for the Ontario native.

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One of the most noticeable parts of Bennett’s game is his shot which many consider to be of the best shots in the entire draft. He has great hands and is truly a threat with the puck on his stick. He is a play-maker in every sense of the word.

Bennett has everything scouts love to see from a prospect from hands to skating ability to an incredible shot to intangibles. One scout called him a pure “difference-maker” on the ice while also noting his ability to impact the game on each and every shift he takes the ice.

While there are players out there who lazily skate through shifts and take plays off, the 6’0”, 181 lbs. winger is the antithesis of that. One of the most appealing parts of his game is his competitive spirit as he plays until the whistle and leaves everything he has on the ice.

All of this was reflected in his numbers this past season. Bennett scored 36 goals and added 55 assists for 91 points in 57 games last season for the Kingston Frontenacs. He also came up big in the playoffs with five goals and four assists for nine points in seven games.

While everything on Bennett is positive, the 17-year-old did have a slight hiccup this past weekend as the NHL Draft Combine where he failed to do a single pull-up. The lack of strength shown in the off-the-ice exercise did not seem to bother too many scouts as the youngster has shown strong puck skills on the ice.

Bennett would look great in orange and black. His all-out effort combined with his exceptional skill would make him a fan favorite immediately in Philadelphia. Unfortunately barring a crazy, unforeseen fall from grace between now and the NHL Draft on June 27th, Bennett will not be available when the Flyers select 17th overall at the Wells Fargo Center.

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