Jamie Benn
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Jamie Benn

Hometown:

Victoria British Columbia

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-08-18

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (129th overall), 2007

Weight:

208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Jamie Benn spent the season playing for the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies, scoring 42 goals and 23 assists in 53 games. Nearly half of his goals (19) came on the power play. He showed consistent and rapid improvement over the course of the season.

2007-08: Benn had a good start to his WHL career for Kelowna.  Before an ankle injury in January, Benn was just coming off a 10-game point-scoring streak that yielded 10 goals and 25 points. He led all WHL rookies in goals (14th among all players) despite missing more than 20 games. He scored in all seven of the Rockets playoff games

The Stars signed him to his entry-level contract in July of 2008.

2008-09: Benn had a great send off with the Kelowna Rockets(WHL), scoring 46 goals and 36 assists in just 56 games. He also added 33 points in 19 playoff games, helping send Kelowna to the Memorial Cup. Benn scored 5 goals and 4 assists in 4 games in the Memorial Cup tournament. He also made his debut with Team Canada at U20 tournament, going point-per-game through 6 games.

2009-10: Benn had a stellar rookie season with the Dallas Stars(NHL). He played all 82 games, scoring 22 goals and adding 19 assists. He had a Calder worthy season, but unfortunately was not nominated. He finished his season with the Texas Stars(AHL), joining them for the playoffs. He scored 14 goals and added 12 assists in 24 playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Benn is a pure sniper with both good shooting and deking abilities in close. He has an uncanny knack for finding loose pucks, finding the space to make himself available for a pass and being in the right spot to bury rebounds. But his skating is average at best. How he will adjust to less time and space in the pros is an open question. At 6’2, 185 lbs he doesn’t use his size particularly well and he’s not an overly physical force. He is extremely effective when he has the time to set up and shoot or on odd-man rushes. His defensive play will need improvement.

 

Future

Benn is now a full-time player for the NHL's Dallas Stars.