Each NHL team desires that one stud player that they can count on to score a solid chunk of their goals every season. The Penguins have Sidney Crosby, the Capitals have Alex Ovechkin, the Lightning have Steven Stamkos, and the list goes on amongst the league. The Sabres are in a premier position to be able to get themselves a stud scorer, and his name is Sam Bennett; a 6 foot tall 181 pound forward from the Kingston Frontenacs.
Bennet is the most versatile forward amongst the top offensive talent available in this years draft. He is able to shift from center to wing (which is something handy the Sabres could utilize) and he is able to succeed at both positions. Bennett is a pure sniper that uses his blazing speed and natural scoring touch to score his goals in both creative and simple fashion. This kid has hands as slick as Jason Spezza of the Senators, and the shot skill of Patrick Marleau of the Sharks. He never gives up on a play and perseveres to make the scoring chance happen. On top of that, he has the natural touch to finish the play himself if need be. This is what teams need out of a stud scorer.
His best feature, without a doubt, is his speed and scoring touch. His ability to change the pace of a game with one burst of speed and one shot on goal is what makes Same Bennett the most lethal scorer available this year. His playmaking ability is still there with his 55 assists in 57 games this season, and his 36 goals go on to prove his offensive abilities as a sniper. All of these qualities come together to form a future scoring star for whoever (hopefully the Sabres) takes him in the top 5 this summer.
But where would Bennett fit in the Sabres organization? If the Sabres do truly believe the Cody Hodgson is the first line center of this team, then Bennett would fit extremely well with him. They both have an offensive mindset and combining Hodgson’s playmaking skills with Bennett’s scoring touch would make for a dangerous pairing. It would benefit the production of both players and would lead to eventual success of the offense fairly quickly.
Below is some of Bennett’s scoring work. What do you all think?
After reading all of my pieces on who the Sabres should pick and why, I’m curious as to who all of you think that the Sabres should take with the #2 pick this year.