Samuel Bennett, a center with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, was ninth in the OHL with 91 points in 57 games. Named the top 2014 NHL Draft prospect in the Canadian Hockey League, he led his team in points, goals (36), assists (55), plus/minus rating (plus-34) and power-play goals (10). He also had a league-best 25-game scoring streak in which he totaled 17 goals and 46 points. Bennett, No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 draft, has offered to maintain a blog leading up to this year's draft.
Hi hockey fans!
Coming into the NHL Scouting Combine, I didn't really know what to expect at first but I knew I just wanted to leave a good impression with all the teams. For some of these teams it's the first time I'm meeting them and it's the first time for me meeting a lot of the general managers so I definitely want to get to know them and leave a good impression.
I really didn't know how many interviews to expect but I heard I could have gotten anywhere from 10 to 30, so I guess 18 is what I would expect.
To prepare for the Combine I actually talked to [Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff] Skinner and [Ottawa Senators forward Jason] Spezza, two guys I work out with. We train at my gym and they told me there's nothing to stress about too much. It's pretty laid back actually and I've actually noticed that so far.
I've heard a lot of things about the questioning by NHL teams, but I've received nothing out of the ordinary yet. Everything has been hockey related for the most part.
Until next time,
Follow Samuel Bennett on Twitter at: @SBennett93