Ben Chiarot
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Ben Chiarot


Hamilton Ontario

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4th round (120th Overall), 2009


211 lbs.

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2007-08: In his rookie OHL season, Ben Chiarot appeared in 31 games for the Guelph Storm. He registered no points while posting 14 penalty minutes and a -3 plus/minus total.

2008-09: Chiarot played a larger role for the Storm in his second season, appearing in 67 games for the team. He netted two goals and added 10 assists while posting 111 penalty minutes and a +11. In four playoff games, he tallied three assists but was a -4 in those games.

2009-10: Attended Thrashers camp before being returned to Guelph. In 41 games with Guelph he scored 4 goals with 9 assists and 106 PIM and was +6 before being traded to Sudbury. In 26 regular season games with Sudbury, he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 61 PIM with a -13 plus/minus. Though he scored one power play goal in Sudbury’s four playoff games, he was a -6. Made his pro debut following the OHL playoffs, appearing in one game with the AHL Chicago Wolves – he was -1 with 4 PIM.

2010-11: Traded to the Saginaw Spirit halfway through the season, Chiarot showed an exciting upside to his game while playing with better teammates. His 24 points in 39 games represents an offensive burst for him and he continued to be a key performer through two rounds of OHL playoffs.Signed an entry-level deal with the Atlanta Thrashers in March.

2011-12: Inexperience and some nagging injury issues limited Chiarot to 18 games with Winnipeg AHL affiliate Saint John’s and he spent time playing for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. He had 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-six with 19 penalty minutes in his limited opportunities with the IceCaps. Saint John’s finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Chiarot did not dress for any playoff games. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was minus-one with 13 penalty minutes in 24 ECHL games with the Eagles. Colorado was swept by Stockton in the playoffs after finishing second in the Mountain Division. Chiarot did not play in the three-game series.

2012-13: Chiarot played 61 games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in his second pro season. He scored 1 goal with 11 assists and was minus-5 with 81 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division.

2013-14: Chiarot made his NHL debut — appearing in a November game with the Jets — and played for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his third pro season. He was minus-3 with no points nor penalties in 10:47 minutes of ice time in the Jets’ 5-1 loss to Chicago. Chiarot scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was +29 with 96 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games for St. John’s. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals. Chiarot scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was plus-8 with 16 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He was re-signed by the Jets to a one-year two-way contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 


Talent Analysis

Chiarot has prototypical NHL size with the willingness to play a physical game. He has some offensive elements to his game but that is not the strength of his game. Chiarot has improved his positional play in his three seasons of pro hockey and was one of the better defensemen for St. John's in the AHL playoffs. He will take inopportune penalties at times but his rugged nature fits in well with the tough-to-play-against mentality in the Jets organization.


Chiarot pushed for a spot with the Jets during training camp after his playoff success last season but is back with St. John's to start his fourth pro season in 2014-15. One of the more reliable defensemen in the minor league system for the Jets, his upside is limited but in the right situation he can be an effective lower pairing defender.


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