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Michael
Benning

Has potential to be an effective puck moving defenseman. Though his feet are quick, and he can make sharp cuts and turns, his short legs and lack of lower-body strength hurt his ability to extend his stride and gain separation at times. He is very undersized and gets pushed around a lot in his own…

Date of Birth
January 5, 2002
Position
Defense
Height
5'8.75
Draft Year
2020
Place of Birth
St. Albert, AB  
Shoots
Right
Weight
177 lbs
Draft Result
4/95 (FLA)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Oct 6/20 Benning Michael D3295 – 2020 NHL Draft Guide by FCHockey Staff View Summary
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20284 – Czech Republic vs. Canada West WJAC by Justin Froese View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20283 – CJHL West vs. CJHL East TPG by Justin Froese View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20282 – Grande Prairie vs. Sherwood Park AJHL by Justin Froese View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20281 – Sherwood Park vs Lloydminister AJHL by Justin Froese View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20280 – Hlinka Camp Review SC by Donesh Mazloum View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20279 – Sherwood Park vs. Lloydminister AJHL by Donesh Mazloum View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20277 – Sherwood Park vs Calgary AJHL by Derek Neumeier View Report
Jun 23/20 Benning Michael 20278 – Sherwood Park vs Fort McMurray AJHL by Derek Neumeier View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2022-2023 Univ. of Denver ncaa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021-2022 Univ. of Denver ncaa 41 15 23 38 0.93 32 14
2020-2021 Univ. of Denver ncaa 21 3 8 11 0.52 -1 8
2019-2020 Sherwood Park Crusaders ajhl 54 12 63 75 1.39 54
2018-2019 Sherwood Park Crusaders ajhl 60 10 51 61 1.02 99
November 23, 2021
POW Watch: Week ending Nov. 22, 2021
October 4, 2020
Bloodlines run deep through 2020 Draft
September 22, 2020
Pre-2020 NHL Draft Scout Survey – V2
April 27, 2020
Benning named CJHL Top Defenseman
March 3, 2020
FC releases Spring ranking for 2020 NHL Draft
January 11, 2020
FC releases Winter ranking for 2020 Draft
December 6, 2019
Who To Watch at the 2019 WJAC

Has potential to be an effective puck moving defenseman. Though his feet are quick, and he can make sharp cuts and turns, his short legs and lack of lower-body strength hurt his ability to extend his stride and gain separation at times. He is very undersized and gets pushed around a lot in his own end. He doesn’t provide much resistance to the cycle or in front of the net and he needs to add strength, battle instincts or both to at least avoid being a liability at the pro level. He’s not afraid to battle and step up while defending without the puck, so he can at least disrupt plays even though his frame is undersized for a blueliner. He keeps his head up, always moving his feet and making smart decisions with the puck. Shows a high level of awareness for how the play is unfolding. While he has the right idea when looking to make outlet passes to teammates, he tends to be half a step behind mentally.  His passes are clean and accurate, but they’re a little slow and lack power, which could be a problem at higher levels. His shot is weak and lacks power. Picks great spots to jump into the rush or lurk up from the point in the offensive zone and does a very good job of dialing back before a scoring chance forms behind him. He is engaged and highly competitive but needs to refine his game.

– FCHockey’s 2020 NHL Draft Guide