2016 Draft: 2nd Pick: Tyler Benson (UPD: Invited to Summer WJC Camp)

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  1. Bank Shot

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    His best in junior was 27 goals. Was on pace to score 20 or less in other seasons. That's pretty underwhelming to me.

    When I've watched him play, he's been a guy that will pass out of a prime scoring area. I don't see him ever being much of a goal scorer at the NHL level.
     
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    He's not McDavid fast but still faster than Drai
     
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    I seen Reilly play at the Prospects Game in Halifax the year we drafted Yak. To me, he was by far the best player on the ice. He reminded me of Coffey
     
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    People also crapped on RNH's and Barzal's junior goal scoring. The goals that he scores are pro types of goals. I think that he has what it takes to be a 15-20 goal scorer in his better seasons.
     
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    If he hadn’t got hurt he would have gone higher.
     
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    I know we're going a little off topic with all of the Reilly talk, but did anyone else hear Brian Burke a couple of months ago say that they had Yakupov on their "do not draft" list?

    Apparently Yak was quite defiant with one of their scouts in a meeting.
     
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    I don't think so. His skating is going to be his biggest issue to get to, and if he does, to be effective, at the next level.
    Who knows though. Kids change.
     
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    Yeah and RNH and Barzal have been pretty pedestrian in scoring goals at the NHL level compared to their talent levels.

    RNH is a first overall. Never hit 25 or 30 goals in a season.

    I'd love it if Benson scores 15-20 goals a season in the NHL. Seems pretty optimistic to me though.
     
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    We sure missed the boat . Back in the old days , Toronto would screw that right up. Now we do
     
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    I think Benson was one of those guys that physically matured earlier than his peers, so dominated boys in the Juniors. He will be a good NHL player, but will need extra development time to learn that he can't just out muscle men.
     
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    Yeah, Benson needs to finish the year in Bakersfield and hopefully make a big push in the training camp.

    I think he'll eventually be a really solid top 9 NHL player.
     
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    He was on our OHL scouts do not draft list as well
     
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    Now that would truly be something.
     
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    I know a scout from Columbus and he was saying that they didn't like Yakupov as well.
     
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    1st in assists for AHL rookies right now (Marody is 3rd in assists as well).

    5th in total points for AHL rookies.
     
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    8th in the league for assists too, all players included.

    I've seen about 10 games now, and Benson always seems like one of the best players. I was not sold on Benson before this year at all, but I've been really impressed.
     
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    I wasn't a big fan of the pick. Him and the Yamamoto pick are too high risk for my tastes.

    Don't like his lack of scoring.

    Heard his speed isn't great.

    No nhl shot and even average speed is not a good combo for a productive nhl career. He's not big either.

    After saying all that negative... He has surpassed all my expectations and got his career back on track. He was a long shot prospect that honestly didn't show anything impressive in his injury studded time in junior. His ahl numbers and play is impressive and exactly where it needs to be to offset that injury riddled unspectacular career to date.

    To be perfectly honest there doesn't seem to be much of rhyme or reason for what skills/players need to make a successful jump to the nhl with.

    He is back on track. Keeping expectations reasonable I'm really looking forward to him and Maxismov maybe being a dynamic duo next year in the AHL rather than him making the nhl roster next year.

    Primarily because of his injury history I think it makes sense to be given another full year in the AHL before seriously giving him a real look at the nhl level. Two impressive injury free years in a stable environment "could" really be exactly what is needed to develop him "best".

    As good as he has been he turns 21 in a few months so it's definitely more on track than "he's omfg amazing".

    If he somehow pushes his way on to the nhl team obviously that's great but if I was predicting a good development path for him it would be.

    Strong finish this year regular season plus a deep successful playoff run. Hopefully scoring more.

    A big offseason where he trains crazy hard without injury. Improves his skating and shooting particularly. Intense offseason strength and skill training sometimes makes a players career.

    Next year going from impressive ahl rookie to dominate ahl softmore is a lot harder than it sounds.

    I don't know why but I always think of David Krejci when I think of Benson. Career wise Benson is a long ways off what Krejci managed to do at the same point.

    Currently I think if everything goes great that is Bensons ceiling.

    A long and hard road before we are talking about this guy actually helping our team win. 3 years before that happens, if it happens, seems optimistic.
     
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    Serious question.
    How does his footspeed/quickness look at that level? Fast? Average? Slow?
     
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    He seems like a fine skater to me, not bad, not great, but a bit above average. Something he can work on, but doesn't hold him back.
     
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    With the injuries that he had in years past he couldn't work on skating, so this offseason he could take another step forward since last offseason was his first time in years that he could work hard on his skating.
     
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    I see him spending most of next year in the AHL with a few good moments in call ups. Year after he will be a full time NHLer.
     
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    Benson was Bob Stauffers favorite player in edmonton for a long time. Then the injury bug hit him (Those were some freak injuries)

    He's going to be a steal for us
     
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    Tied for third in assists now in his rookie season.

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    Also in the top 10 for shots on goal for rookies, pronman just tweeted it out today
     
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    But only like a 4% shooting
     

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