#1 – Sam Bennett, LW/C – Kingston, OHL

TSN – #3
Central Scouting – #1 NAS
ISS – #4
Craig Button – #3
McKeens – #2
THN – #1

NHL COMPARABLE: Doug Gilmour/Ryan O’Reilly

UPSIDE: Top 6 Center/Winger

I was extremely impressed with Bennett when he played for Canada at the U-18s as a 16 yr old. While most eyes were on phenom Connor McDavid, it was easy to see that Bennett was going to be a solid NHLer. He probably won’t be the player who puts up the most points from this draft class but he’s the complete package of what anyone’s looking for in a hockey player. He plays a lot like his coach did and if he has a career that even comes close, he’ll be in good shape. These are the kinds of players you win with, that’s why he’s #1 on my list.


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