2008-09: Mac Bennett spent the season at Hotchkiss School (USHS), where he tallied two goals and 11 points through 15 games.
2009-10: In 53 games with Cedar Rapids, Bennett would find the back of the net 9 times with 14 assists. He was also selected to the 2010 USHL All-Star Game.
2010-11: Bennett played in 32 of 44 games as a freshman at the University of Michigan. Playing on a veteran defensive corps that featured two former second round picks, Bennett scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was +12 with 21 PMs. The Wolverines won the CCHA regular season and playoff championships and reached the Frozen Four Final, falling 3-2 to national champion Notre Dame in overtime.
2011-12: Bennett had a solid sophomore season at the University of Michigan where the smooth skating defenseman improved slightly on last season’s numbers, scoring four goals along with 17 assists and a plus 15 rating in 41 NCAA games. He played his second season with his partner, senior Greg Pateryn (MTL) who clearly helped the young defenseman develop his overall game. Bennett gained valuable experience playing big minutes CCHA Playoffs and the NCAA tournament. The talented offensive defenseman was not able to contribute to the Wolverines’ offense in their 3-2 loss in the CCHA Championship game against Western Michigan University. He would assist on the game-tying goal which sent Michigan into over-time against Cornell University in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines would lose 3-2 in OT, ending their season.
2012-13: Bennett skated in 32 games for Michigan as a junior – missing most of January with a knee injury. Skating on the Wolverines’ top pairing with Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg) much of the year, he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes. Michigan finished seventh in the CCHA, failing to win 20 games for the first time since head coach Red Berenson’s third season in 1986-87 but went 8-0-1 in nine games and nearly earned an NCAA tournament bid; falling to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA championship game.
Bennett is a smooth-skating defenseman with two-way instinct, has excellent mobility, good hands and an ability to join the rush. He has improved his defensive zone positioning but still at times makes poor decisions causing turnovers. The offensively talented defenseman needs to build more muscle mass and continue improving his decision-making with the puck in both ends of the ice.
Bennett should play his rookie season at the AHL level in Hamilton and could be reunited with his Michigan partner, Greg Pateryn. It will take him some time to adjust to the speed and physicality of the pro game. He should help the Bulldogs' defense corps and their power play.