Sam Bennett

Darren Walker

A very dynamic forward with an all-around great package of tools, Bennett is an extremely quick and powerful skater. He can blow past defenders with his speed and power, then finds his way to the net to score goals or make opportunities for his teammates. Creativity is one of his biggest assets and he is not afraid to try new things. The puck seems to follow Bennett. His shot is already pro-caliber, a quick and hard release that catches goaltenders off balance. He is great at finding open scoring areas, and is not afraid to go to rough areas to score. He has really soft quick hands in tight. Bennett is a natural playmaker. He shows uncanny vision and passing ability. He is constantly looking for open teammates and can put the puck into the smallest of areas. Bennett uses his size and strength to protect the puck on the rush, around the net and in the corners; this ability allows him to be so effective in entry into and staying in the offensive zone. He is a hard worker who likes the physical element of the game. Bennett is aggressive on the forecheck, leading to him cause many turnovers. His hockey sense and smarts are also a developing area that you can see grow with every game he plays. His offensive instincts are very high and he is a threat to score from anywhere in the offensive zone. Bennett is a defensively smart player. More often than not, he is in the right position and shows good awareness. He has a very active stick and gets to a lot of pucks first using his speed. He shows the ability to make smart, simple plays in his own zone. Bennett is strong in the faceoff circle and has developing leadership qualities. (May 2014)