There’s no doubt about it, it was a frustrating junior year for Oilers prospect Tyler Benson.
The 6-foot, 201-pound forward of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants started the year off recovering from an injury and faced a string of adversities throughout the remainder of the season.
“I had surgery at the very beginning of the year before the season even started,” said Benson. “Then, throughout the year, I just had some nagging injuries I had to take care of and [that I’m] still dealing with a little bit now, trying to get healthy.
But it eventually paid off when the Edmonton native was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 32nd overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft. Now, Benson isn’t shying away at the opportunity that lies in front of him at this year's orientation camp.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “Growing up, watching this team play, cheering for them, and now to be a part of the organization, it’s pretty special.
“They have confidence in me and I want to be able to show them well. I think they made a good decision taking me so I want to be able to prove that.”
Last season, Benson recorded nine goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 30 games.