Ben Betker
Image: WHL

Ben Betker

Hometown:

Cranbrook British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-09-29

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

6th round (158th overall), 2013

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Ben Betker played for the Kootenay Ice midget major team in British Columbia. He scored 1 goal with 12 assists and had 56 penalty minutes in 38 games. The Ice finished 10th in the 12-team league.

2011-12: Betker made his WHL debut, skating in a November game with Portland, and spent the year playing for the BCHL's Westside Warriors. He was +1 with no points nor penalty minutes in his only appearance with the Winterhawks. Betker scored 5 goals with 13 assists in 59 games and had 52 penalty minutes for Westside. The Warriors finished sixth in the Interior Division.

2012-13: Betker was one of four players obtained by Everett from Portland in exchange for the rights to Seth Jones. He skated in 68 of 72 games for the Silvertips in his first WHL season. Betker scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -21 with 100 penalty minutes. Everett missed the playoffs – finishing last in the U.S. Division with the WHL's third-worst record. Betker was ranked 147th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings and was selected by Edmonton in the sixth round (158th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Everett Silvertips defenseman Ben Betker is big, tough, and has a mean punch. With 100 penalty minutes logged in his draft yaer, he spends a good part of his time on the ice with his gloves dropped. He plays a shutdown-style defensive game and has reasonably sound positional skills, but his skating is sub-par and his offensive upside is not particularly noteworthy.

 

Future

Betker is likely to play at least a few years in the ECHL or AHL after finishing out his junior career and as it stands right now, does not look poised to compete for a top-six spot at the NHL level.

 

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