2005-06: Played 60 games for Salmon Arm scoring 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists).
2006-07: Scored 27 goals and 30 assists in limited action (39 games) due to injury. He started off well but was unable to play much of middle section of the season after getting hurt during the CJAHL Prospects Game in December.
2007-08: This season marked Winnett’s freshman year at the University of Michigan. He had a career-best four-game point streak from Feb. 16 through 29. He notched his first career point, an assist, vs. Minnesota on Oct. 13 and scored his first career goal at Northern Michigan on Oct. 20. He won the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award and was the recipient of the Andrew K. Abel and Tama D. Abel, M.D. Scholarship for Men’s Ice Hockey.
2008-09: Ben’s sophomore season saw little progression for the winger, appearing in 32 games with Michigan and tallying four goals and 11 points.
2009-10: Ben entered his third year with heightened expectations, many expecting him to leave college after this season for a pro contract if he could find his game. In 44 games with Michigan, Ben would manage 6 goals and 14 points en route to an NCAA (CCHA) Championship with Michigan.
He’s a speedy, talented winger with a good, hard, shot. He can play with a bit of an edge at times, but this can be inconsistent. He beats opponents on the rush using his skating.
He needs to put on a significant amount of muscle at this stage in his career. His feistiness could result in injuries later in his career if he’s unable to get bigger. Defensively he needs a lot of work, but this is not uncommon for a prospect his age.
Winnett is a project pick and will likely need at least three years in college before he’s ready for the professional ranks.