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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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06/24/2014 10:38AM
NHL scouting exec says Sam Bennett is #1
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06/24/2014 10:55AM
Funny how everybody else says Eckblad, but YOU got the scoop on them!
What ever happened to reporting things as they happen? Why are we wasting so much energy on "listen to what this guy said"? Eckblad is pretty much the consensus number 1. That's all. Number two is either Bennett or Reinhart depending on the day of the week. As I said a week or so ago. Pick one of those three and get out of there with a decent player in the making. Stop worrying about whether he's the next superstar and just build from that point. That's all. Oh, and pray that Nolan doesn't $crew the kid up into playing defense to protect the goalie and that 0-0 tie you just know he's playing for.
06/24/2014 11:07AM
Nope
From my Armchair...Reinhart is #1. Boy, you guys at WGR love to create domestic disputes and controversy. Rarely do you guys think like many fans do. How did Grigorenko work out after all the excitement on the radio work out when he was drafted. Jeremy thought the next Ovechkin.
06/24/2014 12:40PM
WAIT... WTF? Eblad is the consesus first pick...
Let me get this straight... currently Ekbad is considered by all hockey execs as the BEST overall top pick of this draft, but something called the "central scouting bureau" ranks someone else as "BEST IN CLASS"???? And WALMART LOVERS are happy about it??? What a STUPID SPORT! However... ONE thing about this sport that is anything but confusing is this... WALMART= "THEEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN ALL OF PRO SPORTS!" WAS Mika Norenen the REAL "ELITE ONE"??? WHO'S ELITE? WHERE'S ELITE? WHAT'S ELITE? ELITE MY.... SAY MY NAME!
06/24/2014 12:54PM
Pretty sure the same thing can be said of Reinhart....
who should be the Sabres target. I don't care what other nhl scouts says...but if the Sabs like Bennett more then fine...grab him. "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."
06/24/2014 12:55PM
AVAILABLE AND SORELY NEEDED AT WALMART...
Kessler, Ryan, Staal, Stastny, Hiller, Spezza. Which one would WALMART choose????? ANSWER: N-O-N-E. TOO MUCH TOO PAY FOR SUCH TALENT! WATCH... WALMART= "THEEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!" COME ON ELITE!!! ME! SAY MY NAME!
06/24/2014 12:58PM
AVAILABLE AND SORELY NEEDED AT WALMART!
KesslerR, Ryan, Staal, Stastny, Hiller, Spezza. Which one would WALMART choose????? ANSWER: N-O-N-E. TOO MUCH TOO PAY FOR SUCH TALENT! WATCH... WALMART= "THEEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!" COME ON ELITE!!! ME! SAY MY NAME!
06/24/2014 1:12PM
I love that "Captain Oblivious" posted about Hasek making the HOF
Really, it was necessary to announce this? Dominik Hasek MADE the Hall of Fame the day he won his second Hart trophy. No other goalie in NHL history TO THIS DAY has won two Hart trophies and only three goalies overall have ever won. That was as big a no-brainer as there ever was in any Hall of Fame. Thanks fat-boy.
06/24/2014 4:24PM
Any trades yet?
Just waiting for breaking news if there is such a thing regarding the Sabres. So far it remains Status Blow with this Joke. What does the Walmart guy always says? Dimes and nickels sports? I'll stick with Joke.
06/24/2014 4:36PM
Whoever we choose will be a bust
That is the Sabre way. Our GM only aims to reach the cap floor, he's filling the system with 4 year projects. The cupboard is empty and the owner is a complete fool. This train is out of fuel, probably time to get off.
06/24/2014 6:59PM
Wow!
Great article Hoes! One of your best written pieces, you should tell the Bulldawg about the writing workshop you're obviously attending. I'd honestly be happy with either Sam's. No Leon Diespider for me.
06/25/2014 6:56AM
DO NOT TAKE REINHART!
All you Reinhart fools out there will be sorry when he disappears after a slash and crosscheck during a playoff game. I hope it happens while he is wearing someone else's jersey. This guy is a perimeter player that closely resembles the guys we have on this team currently and in recent history. Watch his games before anointing him #1.
06/25/2014 1:25PM
WHY READ HAMILTON??
Just read TSN or any other respected sports media outlet "the day before" Hamilton plagiarizes it!!!!
06/26/2014 9:05AM
Re: WHY READ HAMILTON
Many don't. There is no way to put in two cents worth of disagreement. So why waste the time? He always has the floor and has the attitude of never being wrong. Mister Perfect like Jeremy White. Another one of those self egos.
06/26/2014 9:26AM
Buffalo fans
Just reading through the comments... man, I hate Buffalo fans.
06/26/2014 12:15PM
Bennett will be a Sabre
They will pick Bennett. He is the only player that the Sabres have not glorified!
06/27/2014 7:43AM
Hockey Media scouting vs NHL Central Scouting
Aaron EKblad is being ranked number 1 by hockey media such as USA Today and the Hockeynews and Bleacher Report and so on Sam Bennett is being ranked by real current NHL scouts
06/27/2014 8:41AM
Whomever keeps using the Walmart moniker
You're a complete idiot. Your comments sound like those of a raving madman. They are disjointed and nonsensical. Plus, using all caps only exacerbates this impression.
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