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NHL scouting exec says Sam Bennett is #1

If Aaron Ekblad is selected with the first pick in Friday's NHL draft, the Buffalo Sabres will then be in a position to grab the player tabbed as best in class by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett was first in the final rankings of draft eligible skaters in North America.  The 6 foot, 178 pound Bennett was also Central Scouting's top choice in their mid term ranking.

Central Scouting Director Dan Marr was a guest on WGR on Tuesday and outlined Bennett's many attributes.

"He has high end skills and his skating is top end as well" Marr said.   "He’s got the skills that allow him to be a difference maker, a game changer.  His offensive hockey sense, it always stands out because he’s always a scoring threat.  He’s got a finishing touch.  We feel he’ll be able to influence a game like Jonathan Toews where he’ll elevate his game and rise to the occasion."

Bennett had career highs this season in goals(36), assists(55), points(91), power play goals(10), plus-minus(+34) and penalty minutes(118).  In a poll of Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference coaches, Bennett was named smartest player, best playmaker and best stick handler.  

You can hear the entire interview with Dan Marr, who also talked about the separation among the top forwards and the best U.S born prospects.


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