The top defensive prospect in this year’s draft, Aaron Ekblad was on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer on Friday and he provided his thoughts on another top draft-eligible player, Kingston’s Sam Bennett.
Ekblad and Bennett faced off a few times in the regular season but the game Stauffer was referring to and asked Ekblad about in particular was the Barrie Colts’ 10-6 loss to Kingston on February 20.
Bennett finished the game +4 with three assists while Ekblad went -6 with no points and even got into a fight.
Ekblad had this to say in his short scouting report of Bennett and that game:
“Bennett’s always been one of my good friends,” Ekblad said. “He’s a pretty tenacious player, while being a skilled guy. I think that’s a pretty great combination for him. He’s going to be a great player one day in the NHL and I wish him the best of luck. That game was a pretty hard game to play in. Sometimes you have your nights, sometimes you don’t. That was probably the worst game of the season for myself and the Barrie Colts. It is what it is and I didn’t put much stock into it. Too get too long on a situation like that, it’s not worth it. I think you have to keep an even keel and realize there’s always going to be another game.”