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Bennett: Combine a great new challenge

by Samuel Bennett

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.

Hello hockey fans!

Well, my NHL Scouting Combine experience is complete.

I got up around 8 a.m. and went down for some breakfast and at the time I thought it would be a good idea to get some real food into me. But after the two bike tests, I didn't hold down my breakfast too well.

It was definitely a lot harder than I was expecting but it was interesting to see how hard I could push myself. There were a few new tests this year. I enjoyed the Pro Agility Test since I've done tests like that before so I was pretty comfortable with that and I think I did pretty well too.

This whole experience has been unbelievable. My favorite part of it was the meetings with all the teams; just listening and hearing what they had to say was pretty cool, to know what they thought of me in the draft this year. Moving forward, I still have a few more meetings with teams so I think I'll remain busy with that.

I will be working out all summer and I'll start that up again next week. I have a great trainer who is really specific with his training and I definitely have a lot of faith in him to be working with me and getting me ready for the NHL next year.

I'm excited the draft is in Philadelphia since this will be my first time in Philly. I haven't heard too much about Philly in general but I was told we might be going to a Philadelphia Phillies game before the draft with a couple of the other prospects, so that will be exciting.

I think there will be between 10 and 12 family members and friends at the draft, and definitely my parents and my sister (Kaitlyn) will be right beside me on draft day.

To wrap up things here at the Combine, I just want to thank my parents. It always comes back to them. They've done so much for me and they've always been there supporting me and they love the hockey just as much as me so I wouldn't be here without them and I could never thank them enough.

Thanks for reading this week!

Follow Samuel Bennett on Twitter at: @SBennett93

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