Sam Bennett is showing his goal scoring potential. He was told to shoot more, and shoot more he is. Bennett has been on fire in his past five games with eight goals. It’s an impossible pace to keep, but might be a sign that the fourth overall pick from 2014 may be finding his mojo. He has 22 points in 44 games so far as a rookie.
|Assets:||A highly skilled player, he also displays very good two-way acumen and the competitive fire of a future captain. Will also show a feisty side that’s tough to play against. Can play either wing or center.|
|Flaws:||Will need to get significantly stronger if he is to continue to play his abrasive style in the long run at the NHL level. Also, he must prove himself as a goal-scorer in the pros. Needs more defensive work to play center.|
|Career Potential:||Talented, feisty two-way forward with great upside.|
Via Fox Sports:
Bob Hartley has always had a way with words, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the Calgary Flames coach had a sweet take when asked about rookie Sam Bennett’s recent hot streak.
Bennett broke out of his 18-game goal drought by tallying six times in the last three games en route to being named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on Monday. The 19-year-old Ontario native highlighted the impressive run with a four-goal performance in Wednesday’s 6-0 rout of the Florida Panthers, with Hartley enjoying the fruits of his labor.
Via Calgary Sun:
With his performance versus the Panthers, Bennett became the third youngest player in league history to record a four-goal performance and the first Calgary player to do so since Jarome Iginla on Feb. 23, 2003. The fourth overall pick of the 2014 draft, Bennett also scored in the Flames’ 2-1 shootout loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday for his 20th point (11 goals, nine assists) in 42 contests this season.
Bennett is coming off an impressive last two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he scored 47 goals and set up 68 others in 68 games the last 2 seasons. He then hit the ground running in the playoffs last spring, recording three goals during the Calgary’s sprint to the second round.
Bennett looks to continue his hot stretch on Tuesday when the Flames (20-20-3) play the second contest of their five-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils (22-19-5).