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 (91), 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.
I'm checking in from the NHL Scouting Combine here in Toronto.
It's hard to pick out one high moment, but I'm having a lot of fun here and it's really cool meeting some of these guys. I just left an interview with the Tampa Bay Lightning and got to talk to Steve Yzerman, so that was a big highlight; it's always cool when you get a chance to talk with him. I was a little star-struck at first, but then you get over that as soon as you start talking to him because he's such a down-to-earth guy.
I wouldn't say there has been a low point other than the fact I'm feeling a little bit rushed with a really busy schedule, so that might be the only thing that's tough.
We had a Combine orientation meeting Wednesday and people talked about what kind of stuff to expect Saturday, and there was a doctor there and he gave us some advice on what to eat and how to prepare for the tests. It was good. It puts you a little more at ease because you know what exactly to expect now; there shouldn't be any surprises come Saturday.
My fitness test will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 [a.m. ET] and that's a good thing. I'll be pretty fresh in the morning and just have the rest of the day to relax, so I'm happy that it works out like that.
As far as the questioning taking place, I've been asked a lot about myself and what I think of myself, and what I think of the other high-end players in the draft. I had a few teams ask me what I thought about their teams, and what I know about their teams. I did a little homework before coming to the Combine for that and I impressed a couple of teams with what I knew about them more than other teams.
You can't just give credit to yourself; you have to give credit to the other players because they're here with you. There are so many great players here, and for the most part you just have to be yourself because that's when your true colors come out and that's when people really get to know you.
Well, hope this blog shed some light on the Combine up to this point. I'll blog again following my fitness test on Saturday.
Follow Samuel Bennett on Twitter at: @SBennett93