Isles Talk Draft Preview: Sam Bennett

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The other “Sam” in this years draft is sniper Sam Bennet. Bennet along with Sam Rinehart and Aaron Ekblad have been the consistent 1-2-3 in this draft order, so when a team selects any of these players, it really won’t matter what order as these picks will be of a team preference. A member of the gold medal winning Team Canada in the World Juniors and Ivan Hlinka Tournament, Bennet has all the makings of a future star. Unlike his 2 other Canada teammates, Bennet may require a little more time, especially in the physical maturity department.

Name: Sam Bennet

Position: Center

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 181

League: OHL

DOB: 6.20.1996

ISS: 4 CSS: 1

Style Comparison: Doug Gilmour

For those who never saw Gilmour play, just look him up on You Tube. Gilmour used to have excellent hockey sense, find a may to make his own hole on offense and then had the vision to find his teammates in difficult spots. When he didn’t have the puck, he would move around and the puck eventually found him. Like Gilmour, Bennett’s passing is crisp. He works hard along the boards and excels at starting a cycle. Because Bennett has great hands and a terrific wrist shot, he should be able to score frequently in the NHL. The only draw back is that he needs to add muscle first. After that, look out.

Draft Rankings: I’ll be shocked at this point if Bennett falls beyond number 3.  Also I’m taking into consideration that the Islanders are more to draft down than up, so the top 3 players in the draft will be in my bottom 10 since I don’t see them available at number 5.

1. Michael Dal Colle F

2. Leon Draisaitl C

3. Nikolaj Ehlers F

4. Nick Ritchie LW

5. Jake Virtanen RW

6. Kasperi Kapanen RW

7. William Nylander C

8. Sam Bennet C

9. Sam Reinhart C

10. Aaron Ekblad D

PK (@Netminder39)

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