THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings: #3 (Feb 2014)
THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #3 (March 2014)
- Hashtag/Nickname: #MrSnappyGilmour
- Team: #93, Kingston, OHL
- Position: Centre
- Shoots: Left
- Height: 6’0
- Weight: 178 lb.
- Born: Holland Landing,ON, 20-Jun-96
- Twitter: @SBennett93
1 – NHL Combined – Mid-term, Jan-14
3 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
3 – Craig Button, Jan-14
3 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
3 – Future Considerations, Feb-14
3 – ISS, Feb-14
— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) January 18, 2014
Just talked to a scout about Kingston's Sam Bennett: "His hockey sense is off the charts…just stupid (how good it is)."
— Ryan Kennedy (@THNRyanKennedy) November 4, 2013
- Kingston Frontenac Head Coach, Todd Gill, at thewhig.com,
“I think the sign of a great player is somebody who makes everybody around him better. You just look at the guys that have played on his line have had success. Samuel Schutt’s had an incredible year and a lot of that is because of Sam and playing with him. (Ryan) Kujawinski was struggling and put him on there and he’s started playing the way he’s capable of playing. He just makes the guys around him better and that’s the sign of a good leader and hockey player.”
From the War Room
- Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Sam Bennett:
- Reincarnation/Cloned – Kingston Frontenac General Manager and former NHL great, Doug Gilmour, is far from dead yet but if he was, everyone would be saying that he was reincarnated in the body of one Sam Bennett. Style, size, leadership, grit, compete, even the number – the same. Maybe he has been cloned.
- Difference maker – Whatever the situation, you send out Sam because he has that all out compete which put together with high level skills can make the difference.
- Compete – Sam’s top skill is his all out, no hands barred compete level. This is a skill you can’t buy because no team will let a player go with this skill. This is why Sam will go in the top five in the draft, maybe even number one as NHL Central Scouting has him.
- Winner – 2013 U18 Worlds – Gold; 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Gold.
Draft stuff: Sam Bennett's overtime assist last night…we left saying "WOW" ▶ https://t.co/edd14whCdk
— Kris Baker (@SabresProspects) February 21, 2014
About NHL Draft War Room Series
This series is compiled by Eldon MacDonald and edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com