Vancouver left wing Tyler Benson, No. 21 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, will miss the remainder of the season because of a lower-body injury.
Benson has nine goals and 28 points in 30 games in his second full season with the Giants. Benson had missed the first month of 2015-16 after having surgery to remove a cyst near his tailbone. Benson (6-foot, 201 pounds) had one goal in his final game of the season on Tuesday, a 5-3 loss at Seattle.
"It's very disappointing for all of us that Tyler has had to miss so much time this year," Giants owner Ron Toigo told the Giants website. "At the same time, we need to do what's best for his long term health, and we know that he's going to be an important player for our team going forward as well as a great addition to an NHL organization."