Central Scouting raised a few eyebrows when it named Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett as the top prospect for this year’s draft in their midseason rankings.
No one is surprised to see him there again.
That’s not to say that the Toronto native, who scored 36 goals and 91 points for the Fronts, is universally regarded as the best choice, but the 6′-1″ pivot did nothing to sway his staunch supporters away from their position.
“There are guys who elevate their game when it matters most, and you’re looking to project which players will do that consistently at the next level,” NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “The guys we have at the top all are in that mold, but when we look at Sam Bennett we see a guy who could potentially have a Jonathan Toews type of career.”