2007-08: Played for the Burnaby Express of the BCHL, where he netted six goals and added 11 assists for 17 points in 58 games. He picked 41 penalty minutes for the season.
2008-09: In 60 games for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL, Bennett scored 20 goals and tallied 21 assists for 41 points. His penalty minute total dropped to 32 this season. He led his team in scoring in the playoffs with six points in nine games this past year as his team lost in the second round in five games to the Powell River Kings.
2009-10: Bennett’s rookie season in the WHL. He managed 19 goals and 41 points in 70 games for the Winterhawks, good for seventh on the club in scoring. However, he also garnered one of the team’s worst plus/minus ratings with a -4. To put that in context, every other Portland player with 40 or more points boasted double-digit pluses.
Big and rangy but not overly physical, Bennett has a good shot and can be a handful down low and on the power play. His skating, however, is average at best and it prevents him from being a top-flight offensive weapon.
A project like the Flames other picks; fell out of a lot scouts' favor in his draft year.
Bennett has a long way to go before he'll be able to press for a job at the pro level. He'll need to improve all aspects of his game over the next season or two in junior.
Photos: Goaltender Joni Ortio, a sixth round selection in 2009, represented Finland in the Euro Hockey Tour (pictured) and IIHF Men’s World Championships in 2013 (courtesy of RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
The summer of 2009 marked the beginning of the end to the Sutter era in Calgary. Then Flames GM Darryl Sutter had a veteran team that was running out of time to return to the Stanley Cup Finals as they did in 2004.