When it comes to playing hockey in Canada, you know you've got a special player when comparisons are made to Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour. That is the comparison people are using to describe Sam Bennett.
The Kingston Frontenacs center will be one of the top prospects in the June draft and just last month, was ranked first among North American skaters in the mid term rankings from the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.
The 6-0, 180 pound Bennett has 32 goals and 82 points in 49 games this season. But Bennett has a tough side too as his 103 penalty minutes will attest.
Bennett's coach in Kingston is former NHL defenseman Todd Gill who played alongside Gilmour when the two were in Toronto. Gill says Bennett has all the attributes Gilmour had at that age but Bennett is faster than Gilmour.
Gill was a guest on the WGR morning show on Thursday and said the 17 year old Bennett is a special player.
"He is one of those players that, every time he has the puck, you get to the edge of your seat because you know something is going to happen with it" Gill said. "He is the type of player that every coach loves because he can play the game any way you want."
You can hear the entire interview with Todd Gill:
that could be part of the solution to what ails the Sabres organization...ie zero top end offensvie talent...and a plus: he's not russian.
Quick is getting the start against Canada just to remind you. I'm not into the draft at this point. There is the trade deadline coming and there is still hockey to be played this season. First lets back Quick to go for GOLD.
See thats the problem right there
Sam Bennett is not Doug Gilmour. He is sam bennett he might be able to do those things in college. But can he do those things in the pros. Do you know how many players the sabres have drafted because they said he plays like some one else. I am sure theiris a long list. Ok lets say he dose play like doug; now who is his linemates going to be. I am sorry but one player dose not make a team. I will say this again, get some vets in here that these young guys can learn from and play with.
We don't want excitement!
The Sabres do not want an exciting player. They want a player that works cheap and can fit the dog and pony show that occurs in the FNC! Sabres want status quo. The fans will continue to come and accept the type of play that has been going on the last15 years. Expect a European player that no-one has ever heard of that the scouting department is high on.
Sabres Fan in Kingston
As a season ticket holder I regularly watch Sam Bennett play and can attest that he plays in the mold of Doug Gilmour. He is a point a game player who plays both ends of the rink and with edge and intangible leadership. He is steadily improving to be anelite hockey player who should be drafted very high this year by an NHL club. I expect that the Sabres are taking a long hard look at him.
Yep, when I think of "highlight film" hockey players the first person on my mind is...
Doug Gilmour? No, that can't be right. Yes, that's the name you actually typed in your column for comparison. Unbelievable! Sorry, I like Gilmour; but if you're picking a guy in the top two-which is where the Sabres will be picking-you darn well better be getting someone more special than a Gilmour-type. You better be grabbing one of the two Sedins, a Malkin, a Drew Doughty or a Jamie VanRiemsdyk; not a Doug Gilmour. And at only 6'0", he's a bit on the small side if he isn't a dominant force out on the ice. Sorry, but he is a "Pass" at this point if that's the best you can come up with.
Grigorenko was supposed to be Ovechkin too. YEAH RIGHT!
Sounds like he fits the mold the sabres are looking for....skilled but not selfish, doesn't shy away from the physical game. I really hope we get the islanders pick this year as well and get to pick 2 out of the top 4 or 5....
Wake up & raise your game...
Hey Simon: What's the deal with all the Syracuse B-B talk by your partner yet, when the UB Bulls knocked off Akron, your partner did not say ONE WORD about the Bulls taking over first place? Hope you realize, you are alienating MANY of the UB alum listeners (probably former by now) in this area by not giving them their due and fair share of time. This is not a jaded opinion as I attended both schools. Hopefully the management of this station is reading this and will recognize they can raise the morning show above its current thoughtless, amateurish performance and increase ratings by dispensing with Mr. Jeremy White and replacing him w/someone more in tune to the popular interests and pulse of the local region. Think I'm wrong, just give it a try for a few months. UB is a much larger school in terms of enrollment than SU and one of the largest in the northeast (north of PA).
Wake Up and Raise Your Game....
Hey Simon: What's the deal with all the Syracuse B-B talk by your partner yet, when the UB Bull knocked off Akron, your partner did not say ONE WORD about the Bulls taking over first place? Hope you realize, you are alienating MANY of the UB alum listeners (soon to be former) in this area by not giving them their due and fair share of time. This is not a jaded opinion as I attended both schools. Hopefully the management of this station is reading this and will recognize they can raise the morning show above its current thoughtless, amateurish performance and increase ratings by dispensing with Mr. Jeremy White and replacing him w/someone more in tune to the popular interests and pulse of the local region. Think I'm wrong, just give it a try for a few months. UB is a much larger school in terms of enrollment than SU and one of the largest in the northeast (north of PA).
We want skilled players.
I mean Doug Gilmour like the comment sayes up above. You can do better than that. I have a question do we have scouts here or not. Because it seems all the other teams find their needs in the draft or free angents. We always get the players that want to fight. While we fighting the other teams are always on the power play. We all know they are going to fight. but at lease win the game; lets put some players who going to fight for the win. not fight because we are losing every game. I am waiting to see some vets come to this team. if we don't have some real vet leadership. Well we will be at the bottom again this year. front office lets please get to work.
if sabres draft Bennett. he will never play in buffalo!! either he is to young, to small,or he gets lost in the Rochester shuffle. please sabres do not draft him!!!
I'm guessing the post that stated we didn't need a Doug Gilmour, never saw him play. If this kid is anywhere near (comparison wise) Gilmour in his prime, get him!! You will regret it if you don't. I guess the boy who said we have to getsomeone comparable to Malkin, Sedins or the like, wasn't around until the very modern era....idiot