Sam Bennett Draft Profile


As a draft eligible player, Sam Bennett dominated this year’s OHL coaches poll, winning the smartest player, best playmaker, and best stickhandler, while finishing 3rd in the best defensive forward. All those accolades were deserving as Bennett is one of the most complete draft prospects I’ve ever seen. He’s incredibly shifty one on one and does a great job at using his skating ability (his agility and ability to turn is exceptional) in conjunction with his terrific puck skill, to create lanes for him to shoot. His acceleration is very deceptive and he’s able to beat defenders down the wing to the net, or explode off the wall to create scoring chances. As previously mentioned, Bennett is also a fantastic playmaker as he does a great job of spotting open teammates, especially off the rush and through the cycle. If the Fronts lose possession, Bennett fights hard to get the puck back and is a very effective backchecker, as well as board player. He also excels in the physical side of the game, especially on the forecheck where he’s eager to make a hit to force a turnover. To put the icing on the cake, there wasn’t a more consistent player in the league this year than Bennett, who had a 25 game point streak through November-January. I really can’t say a bad thing about his game. He just needs to get stronger to ply his trade at the next level and you’re looking at a potential captain and offensive leader for your hockey team.
– Brock Otten, OHL Prospects

Sam Bennett Highlights

Sam Bennett Statistics

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/- Postseas.GPGATPPIM+/-
2011-12 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA GTMMHL3733366934|
2012-13 Kingston Frontenacs OHL6018224087-2| Playoffs40332-9
Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17533610|
Canada U18 WJC-18734748|
2013-14 Kingston Frontenacs OHL5736559111834| Playoffs7549182
Tournament Statistics
2011-12 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA OHL Cup7381110|
2013-14 Canada U18 A Hlinka Memorial531463|
Sam Bennett is an energetic, skilled winger who is quick on his feet and has deceptive speed. He generates chances with his quickness, awareness and constant effort. He's not flashy, but energetic and does possess an excellent release. (August 2013)
  • Xxxxxnew

    Still got some growing to do, listed at 178 lbs.

  • Dale T. Allon

    i wonder, is he on par with matt duchene or is that too lofty a comparison?  matt came on in his draft year, eventually making some wonder before the draft if he wouldn’t end up being the best player of the class eventually.
    how did they compare at the same age i wonder.  sound similar.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Do want.

  • 2minutes

    What the article fails to mention, though is clear from the stats… He is a Toronto boy! This Leafs need to do what it takes to get this kid.

  • Kinger04

    Hey boys, It’s Kinger, I know I don’t get around on here often anymore, but I do still keep up and read. Just been busy. Hope all is well gents, and lets hope some magic happens at the draft!