Samuel Bennett Leads CSS 2014 Midterm Rankings

Sam Bennett Kingston Frontenacs

Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs has earned his way to the top of Central Scouting’s 2014 mid-term rankings. He’s made his way there with a couple of solid seasons in the OHL with the Frontenacs.

Last year, Bennett tallied 18 goals and 22 assists for the Frontenacs in 60 games played. This season, the 17 year old winger has already topped those numbers. He currently leads his team with 26 goals and 40 assists in only 40 games played. He has also helped guide his squad to a 24-14-2-2 record, good enough for 2nd in the division.

Chris Edwards of Central Scouting spends much of his time focusing on the OHL and believes Sam Bennett is very deserving of his high ranking.

“Bennett has not only been very noticeable but extremely effective every shift of every game so far this season,” Chris Edwards told in an interview. “His puckhandling and playmaking are excellent and he has one of the best shots in this year’s draft class.”

“He has scored several goals from the high slot and coming in off the wing and has been very effective on the power play,” Edwards added.

Rounding out the top five North American skates are Leon Draisaitl, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Michael Dal Colle.

Amongst European skates, there may be a couple of familiar names. Leading the European skaters Kasperi Kapanen, son of former NHLer Sami Kapanen. Following Kapanen is the son of another former NHL player, William Nylander.

Rounding out the European top five are Adrian Kempe, David Pastrnak, and Jakub Vrana.

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