Ben Blood
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Ben Blood

Hometown:

Plymouth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-03-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (120th overall), 2007

Weight:

212 lbs.

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History

2005-06: In his first season at Shattuck St. Mary’s, Ben Blood recorded 25 points in 73 games, along with 32 penalty minutes.

2006-07: Blood spent the season with Shattuck-St. Mary’s, where he tallied 11 goals and 36 points in 63 games. He managed to rack up 144 penalty minutes in his senior season with the team, but still led the club to a National Championship.  Blood was the Ottawa Senators last selection in the 2007 draft, 120th overall, in the 4th round.

2007-08: This season marked Blood’s first in the USHL, which he split between the Des Moines Buccaneers and the Indiana Ice. In 11 games as a Buccaneer, he tallied seven helpers, adding another 16 points (10g+6a) in 46 games with the Ice. He accumulated 100 penalty minutes between the two clubs this season.

2008-09: Blood joined up with the University of North Dakota this season, registering one helper in 31 games.

2009-10: In 43 games with North Dakota, Blood would find the back of the net 5 times and add 9 assists; eventually winning the NCAA (WCHA) Championship. He was also selected to the NCAA (WCHA) All Academic Team.

2010-11: Blood skated in all 44 games for the University of North Dakota as a junior. Blood provided solid, stay-at-home defense on a team that featured several high-profile offensive prospects and won the WCHA regular season and playoff championships. Blood finished with a +32 plus/minus and scored 2 goals with 10 assists. While still one of the more physical players for the Fighting Sioux, his 48 PMs were exactly half as many minutes as he had the previous season.

2011-12: Blood signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Ottawa in April of 2012 following his senior season at North Dakota and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL's Binghamton Senators. In four games with Binghamton he had no points and was an even plus/minus with 17 penalty minutes. Blood played 42 games for North Dakota as a senior. He scored 3 goals with 18 assists and was +5 with 73 penalty minutes (two less than team leader Andrew MacWilliam). The Fighting Sioux finished third in the WCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA West Regional after a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA quarterfinals. North Dakota defeated Niagara, 2-1 before losing to eventual national champion Yale, 4-1, in the NCAA West Regional final.

2012-13: Blood split his first pro season between Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton and the ECHL's Elmira Jackals. After opening the year with the Jackals he appeared in three October games and one December contest with Binghamton and then shuffled between the two teams once the lockout ended. In 24 AHL games he was -4 with no points and 30 penalty minutes. Binghamton finished second in the East Division and had the AHL's fourth-best record before being swept by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a first round series. Blood did not appear in any playoff games. In 32 regular season games for Elmira he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +8 with 23 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist and was +2 with 9 penalty minutes in six ECHL playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Blood has an intriguing combination of skill and size.  He is fluid and sturdy on his skates, especially considering his size.  Blood’s lateral movement and quickness is somewhat lacking, but this should improve with time.  Blood plays well in all three zones and is excellent on special teams.  His soft hands, poise with the puck, vision, and heavy, accurate slap shot make him an excellent power play quarterback.  He also possesses a quick release and precise wrist shot.  Blood has excellent hand eye coordination and has the ability to unleash a wicked one-timer when setup.

In the defensive zone, Blood is a formidable presence and shuts down players by angling them to the boards.  He is terrific positioning, especially in one-on-one situations and uses his size to effectively clear out traffic in front of the crease.  He could play a more physically, but Blood’s game is focused on being disciplined and not hurting his team with an errant play or missed body check.

Blood is also a good communicator both on and off the ice.  He possesses good leadership qualities and could be a future team leader.

 

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Ottawa Senators prospects gained valuable post-season experience

by John Henkelman
on
Defenseman Chris Wideman

Photo: Defenseman Chris Wideman was one of many Senators prospects to ink an entry-level deal at the conclusion of his season. Expected to start 2012-13 in the AHL, Wideman brings a two-way puck-moving presence to the Ottawa organization. (Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

 

As an organization, the Ottawa Senators were able to gain invaluable experience during the recent playoff season. The NHL club exceeded most predictions and made the playoffs in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season. Many observers credited a portion of their success to a core group of young players who played a major role in the Binghamton Senators championship run in the 2010-11 AHL playoffs.

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