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2013 NHL Draft

2014 NHL Draft Profile: Sam Bennett

FloridaPanthers.com takes a look at Central Scouting's No. 1 ranked North American Skater.

Tuesday, 05.27.2014 / 2:00 PM / 2013 NHL Draft
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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2014 NHL Draft Profile: Sam Bennett
FloridaPanthers.com takes a look at Central Scouting\'s No. 1 ranked North American Skater.
Leading up to the 2014 draft, FloridaPanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. With the number 1 pick, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?

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SAMUEL BENNETT
#1 North American Skater
Kingston, OHL
 
Position: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6'0" Weight: 178
Born: 6/20/96 Born In: Holland Landing, ON, CAN
   
THE SKINNY:
Bennett was named the top North American skater in Central Scouting’s mid-term and final prospect rankings thanks in large part to his 2013-14 season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL where he accumulated 91 points (36-55-91) in 57 games while adding nine more tallies (5-4-9) in seven playoff games on his way to being named the Canadian Hockey League’s top prospect in the league.

Bennett has been lauded for his hockey smarts, his excellent hands, and his quick shot. His game has been compared to that of Hall of Famer and current Frontenacs General Manager, Doug Gilmour. Not a bad comparison for the potential number one overall draft pick. 

NHL Central Scouting's David Gregory: "He plays the kind of game you think cannot be sustained for a whole season because it’s a high-energy game and compete game at all ends of the ice. He ends up playing that game for the whole year and has led his team. He just never stops, and put that with the skill package he has and how well he thinks the game, he’s pretty much a top-notch player."
 QUICK HITS
NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Steven Stamkos
Shootout Move: "Backhand, Forehand, Shelf"
Actor: Will Ferrell
Most Played Song: 'That's My Kind of Night' by Luke Bryan
Sport (Other Than Hockey): Football, Volleyball
Movie: Step Brothers

STATS:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2012-13 Kingston OHL 60 18 22 40 87
2013-14 Kingston OHL 57 36 55 91 118

NEWS:
Frontenacs' Bennett Named Top CHL Prospect
(05.24.14) There might not be a consensus top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, but the Canadian Hockey League award voters made their choice Saturday, naming Samuel Bennett the top prospect in the league.

Bennett, a center with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, was ninth in the OHL with 91 points in 57 games. He led his team in points, goals (36), assists (55), plus/minus rating (plus-34) and power-play goals (10). He had a league-best 25-game scoring streak in which he scored 17 goals and 46 points.

Kingston's Bennett Turns Focus To NHL Draft
(04.16.14) Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett watched with great interest the Florida Panthers win the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto.

Bennett is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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