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BLOG: Benson earns CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honours

The Edmonton, AB product registered 18 points (5G, 13A) in 11 games for the Bakersfield Condors in March

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Have a month, Tyler Benson.

The Oilers prospect and Edmonton, AB product was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month on Monday for his exploits in March, tallying five goals and 13 assists in 11 games for Western Conference-leading Bakersfield Condors.

Tweet from @TheAHL: .@monstershockey forward Zac Dalpe, @Condors forward Tyler Benson and @CheckersHockey goalie Alex Nedeljkovic have been selected as the league���s award winners for March.���

After failing to record a point against the Iowa Wild on March 1, Benson went off. He recorded points in his next 10 games to tie teammate Cooper Marody and three others for the longest active scoring streak in the AHL with five goals and 13 assists during that stretch.

A 21-year-old leads all AHL rookies in scoring and ranks seventh overall with 62 points (14G, 48A) in 62 games for the Condors, with his 48 assists this campaign being the most by a rookie in the last decade.

Benson was selected in the second round, 32nd overall by the Oilers at the 2016 NHL Draft after serving three years as captain of the Vancouver Giants in the WHL. Following his final junior season, he made his professional debut with the Condors late last season and recorded three assists in five games.

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