Mac Bennett
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Mac Bennett

Hometown:

Lakeville Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-03-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (79th overall), 2009

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

2013-14:Bennett was a senior captain for the University of Michigan in his final season of college hockey. He skated in 31 games for the Wolverines, missing time late in the season after suffering a shoulder injury in a game against Penn State. He scored 2 goals with 12 assists and was +12 with 10 penalty minutes. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Bennett signed a two-year entry-level contract with Montreal in March 2014. 

2014-15: Bennett skated in 59 games for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his first pro season, missing time after suffering a shoulder injury in February. He scored 4 goals with 8 assists and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Talent Analysis

Bennett is a smooth-skating defenseman with two-way instincts. He has excellent mobility, stick handling and shooting/passing skills and the ability to join the rush. He has improved his defensive zone positioning but still at times makes poor decisions causing turnovers. An offensively-talented defenseman at the college level, he must continue to add muscle mass both to compete against professional forwards and avoid injuries, which have kept him off the ice in the past. Bennett will move up the ranks as his decision-making with the puck in both ends of the ice improves.

Future

Bennett enters his second pro season in the Montreal organization in 2015-16. Barring any surprises or injuries, he will skate for the re-located Canadiens AHL affiliate in St. John's. He continues to adjust to the speed and physicality of the pro game and to this point he is a depth defensemen in the Montreal system. His long-term potential suggests he can be an effective puck-moving defender at the NHL level one day. With the Canadiens' depth that opportunity could come elsewhere and he could draw trade interest from a team in need of help on the blueline.

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