SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has acquired forward Sam Bennett and a 2022 sixth-round draft pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Emil Heineman (drafted by FLA in 2020) and a 2022 second-round draft pick.
"Sam is a skilled and versatile forward who plays the game with a great level of competitiveness, physicality and leadership," said Zito. "He is a young player who possesses solid experience in the postseason and will be an exciting addition to our lineup."
Bennett, 24, has appeared in 38 games with Calgary this season, producing 12 points (4-8-12).
Through 10 games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Holland Landing, Ontario led the Flames in goals (5), while tied for first on the club in points (8).
Originally selected by Calgary in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, Bennett, has appeared in 402 career NHL games, all with Calgary (2014-15 to 2020-21), registering 140 points (67-73-140). In the postseason, Bennett recorded 19 points (11-8-19) over 30 career playoff games.
Bennett led the Flames in total playoff goals (11), even-strength points (11) and hits (107) over each of Calgary's last four postseason appearances, while ranking tied for second on the club in points (19) in that span.
Over his past six regular seasons with the Flames, Bennett amassed a team-leading 678 hits and logged 169 blocked shots, the second-most by a Calgary forward since 2015-16.
Prior to his NHL career, Bennett played 128 games over three Ontario Hockey League (OHL) seasons for the Kingston Frontenacs, posting 155 points (65-90-155).
Bennett won a Gold Medal with Canada at the 2013 World U18 Championship, where he scored seven points (3-4-7) in seven games.
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