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    No thread about our first rounder? He is going to play US college next year according to TSN.

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    2010 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Beau Bennett
    by John Fischer on Jun 19, 2010 8:00 AM EDT in Prospects - Devils & Otherwise 8 comments

    The last profile done here was on a player who very well could be a first rounder, Petr Straka. Today's profile focuses on another player who could be a late first round section. Or somewhere in the second round. I'm getting a sense that the pool of prospects in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is a bit mixed. That's true for any draft on some level, but cases can be made for a lot of second-round ranked players to break into the first round. Beau Bennett is such a player.

    Beau Bennett - RW - 6'1" 173 lbs. - CSS Rank: 32 - Hometown: Gardena, California (Source: NHL.com)
    2009-10 Team: Penticton Vees - 56 GP - 41 G - 79 A - 120 Pts. - 20 PIM

    The second highest ranked Californian in the draft is coming right out Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League, a junior A league. He is committed to the University of Denver for 2010-11, where he will be able develop further in a powerful NCAA conference.

    Based on the vitals, he could be the first player one could legitimately write, "Must Improve: Beefiness." If you're 6'1", 173 pounds probably is not enough to fill your frame. However, let's see what others who have followed the prospect have written about him after the jump.




    Starting with the little profile at NHL.com, one can learn that Bennett put up record-setting numbers as a rookie in the BCHL with 120 points and won gold with the United States in the World Junior A Challenge. No, he didn't get picked up for any international competition, but the U.S. has their own team for such tournaments. His non-inclusion shouldn't be seen as an issue. Here's Central Scouting Services' E.J. Hradek's short quote on Bennett:
    "120 points in 56 games. Good size winger destined to follow maybe in the footsteps of one-time BCHL scoring leader Kyle Turris during his junior year."

    Now, let me highlight one more part of that profile. Central Scouting Services ranked him 48th at midterm, and moved him up 16 spots among North American skaters to 32nd. All this despite playing in a Junior A league and not having many other accolades other than being a viable scoring machine for Penticton. I would think this would mean that there is truly substance behind those numbers.

    In fact, this video from O2K Management shows off a lot of Bennett highlights both in Penticton and with the USA team in the World Junior A Championships. I hope you enjoy "Right Now" by Van Halen, because that's the background song to this video.


    While it doesn't fully show Bennett's entire game, the highlights alone make it easy to see that he's got the wheels, he's got the hands, he's got the vision, and he's got sense to make it rain goals and assists. Definitely an offensive forward prospect.

    Speaking of rankings, he's really over the place. Let's start with The Scouting Report, who ranked him 38th among all prospects going into this year's draft. Here's their short blurb:

    A bit of a late bloomer who had a tremendous year in the BCHL after playing in the MEWHL with Los Angeles last season. His physical build is slender, but his skills are high end and he’s the type of player that can really break a game open with his ability to generate offense. He’s going to be heading to the University of Denver where he’ll need a few years as he’s a bit of a project right now. Don’t be surprised if a team is willing to step up and gamble on him in the late first round, either.

    I'm not surprised he's billed as a project. Bennett sparkled at a lower level of junior hockey - to maintain his college eligibility - and the first thing that grabs you is his numbers. But that obscures what kind of player he would be in a more physical, larger, and more competitive league. Fortunately, he'll get to do just that in the WCHA.

    However, there's a very good chance he won't even make it to 38th overall. Let's go to NHL Fanhouse, where Bruce Ciskie did a profile on Bennett. Here's an important summary of his strength and his weakness:

    He is a responsible player, but he has to work on his defensive zone game a bit. Where he's at his best is around the opposing net. Bennett is usually found in front, using his nose for the puck to score both the pretty goals and the tough ones.

    In the offensive zone, he is a gifted playmaker as well as a scorer.

    Committed to the University of Denver, Bennett will have to spend a year or two in college, as his 175-pound frame won't hold up if he doesn't do something about it. Expect Bennett to struggle a bit in college while he tries to figure out the faster, more physical game he'll find there, and while he tries to add some muscle.

    Again, Bennett needs to get bigger, work on his defense, and play against better competition. All things he'll get to do in Denver. At least there doesn't seem to be any offensive issues, which is excellent. Some of that just isn't teachable and it seems Bennett has it. Oh, and Ciskie & Fanhouse ranked Bennett 29th on their list of prospects. A good bit of a distance from 38th.

    Now let's switch to Coming Down the Pipeline, the blog of the The Pipeline Show's Guy Flaming and Dean Millard. Back in March, they came up with a list of projected second rounders, and guess who was there? Bennett. Yet, in the explanation, Flaming noted that he knew scouts that ranked him up as a first round selection. To make the rankings murkier, check out this little post at Western College Hockey Blog discussing TSN's polling of scouts - one scout ranked Bennett in the top 10 of the draft. Yes, the top 10. In the opposite end, Corey Pronman didn't rate Bennett well at all back in January at Puck Prospectus; perhaps his opinion changed now?

    Basically, if you read mock drafts like Brad Holland's at NHL.com and see Bennett in the first round, it shouldn't surprise you. At the same time, he could slip down. It all depends on the make up of the draft.

    Going back to Bennett's game, Kirk Luedeke of Bruins Draft Watch had this post on Bennett back in February. What's notable about this post is the extended quote from Red Line Report's Mike Remmerde:

    Half of my notes on Bennett consist of phrases like, 'Wow, can he really shoot the puck!' That Penticton team looks for him on the ice all the time. The whole offense seems geared to him and getting him the puck for scoring chances in the good areas. He's slight- he's got a big frame, but has a lot of filling out to do. His projection if he's going to be an NHL player is probably as a top-two line guy or nothing at all. His skating is good- he's real agile but isn't a dynamic game-breaker in that regard. Where his strength lies is when the puck is down low on the cycle and at finding a way to get open, find open linemates and score that way rather than from a bunch of solo rushes. And to be honest, that speaks much better for him than if he were scoring on a lot of individualistic plays. The whole problem is trying to figure out a Tier 2 player because the goaltending is substandard at that level. Is a guy who is picking the corners on a Tier 2 goalie going to be able to do it when he moves up to that next level? To me that's the biggest difference between major junior and tier 2- the quality of goaltending. So, Bennett still has a lot to prove."

    Top two line winger or not-at-all? Interesting. Perhaps Bennett is a boom-or-bust prospect instead of a project?

    This is especially notable given Remmerde maintains his own blog, NHL Draft Notes, and posted this more recent profile of Bennett after the BCHL season ended. Upon repeated viewings, particularly in the playoffs, Remmerde came away with many doubts about Bennett's game. The whole post is worth reading for a sobering take, but I'll quote the summary for convenience sake.

    Summary: His stick-to-the-perimeter act and struggles late in the playoffs were a big red flag for me. I had visions of Ivan Huml dancing in my head after that. But there might be only two or three guys in this draft that have better hands. Ultra high risk, high reward - either he turns into a 1st/2nd liner for you or takes his perimeter show to the European pro leagues for the rest of his career. If it got to about the 22-25 range and Howden was gone, I'd roll the dice on this guy.

    I would agree that his playoff performances, as described by Remmerde, are a big red flag. Usually, you'd want to read something like what was said about Straka - where his intensity kicked up in the postseason. Not the other way around. I can't help but think that this explains why different people rank him all over the place.

    What does the player himself think? Thanks to vees:blog (run by the play by play announcer of the Vees, Ryan Pinder), Dan Sallows had an interview with Bennett earlier this year. Bennett answers the question on what he needs to improve upon in the future:

    You are seen as being a power-play specialist, what are some of your other attributes, and is there anything you want to improve on?

    Beau: I believe my hockey sense and creativity are my biggest assets. I always have fun with the game and enjoy coming to the rink everyday which also helps. I definitely need to work on my strength. Most of my weaknesses come from my strength and i need to really work on that in the offseason.

    Again, Must Improve: Beefiness. But seriously, it's good that he's cognizant of his size/strength issue. Hopefully someone tipped him about the playoffs, his defensive game, and his lack of a physical game.

    I'm confident that going to the WCHA will help him realize and improve in those areas. What if he's available and the Devils draft him? The pick wouldn't surprise me and in some ways, it would make sense. The Devils are generally patient with prospects, they have no problem drafting players right out of Junior A hockey (especially the BCHL), and Bennett would be a prospect with more offensive flair, which would help fill a dearth of offensive players in the system.

    What worries me, however, is what Remmerde concluded about the player. Suppose his evaluation is correct and he really is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The Devils have had enough second round draft picks not turn out well, and it's not certain that the ones from 2006-2009 will necessarily make it into the NHL either. I'd like the Devils' top pick in this draft to have a safer projection, even if it means a lower ceiling on the player's potential. Of course, the Devils may not even get the chance to draft him. Some team in the NHL apparently loves Bennett as a prospect and it isn't unreasonable for him to crack into the first round based on others evaluations.

    Now it's your turn. Perhaps you've seen Bennett play and can offer a different opinion? Are you concerned about the criticism of Bennett? Are you excited about his offensive capabilities? Is there additional information that I should include? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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    http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2010/6/1...ospect-profile (scroll down a little )

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    2010 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Beau Bennett
    by John Fischer on Jun 19, 2010 8:00 AM EDT in Prospects - Devils & Otherwise 8 comments

    The last profile done here was on a player who very well could be a first rounder, Petr Straka. Today's profile focuses on another player who could be a late first round section. Or somewhere in the second round. I'm getting a sense that the pool of prospects in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft is a bit mixed. That's true for any draft on some level, but cases can be made for a lot of second-round ranked players to break into the first round. Beau Bennett is such a player.

    Beau Bennett - RW - 6'1" 173 lbs. - CSS Rank: 32 - Hometown: Gardena, California (Source: NHL.com)
    2009-10 Team: Penticton Vees - 56 GP - 41 G - 79 A - 120 Pts. - 20 PIM

    The second highest ranked Californian in the draft is coming right out Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League, a junior A league. He is committed to the University of Denver for 2010-11, where he will be able develop further in a powerful NCAA conference.

    Based on the vitals, he could be the first player one could legitimately write, "Must Improve: Beefiness." If you're 6'1", 173 pounds probably is not enough to fill your frame. However, let's see what others who have followed the prospect have written about him after the jump.




    Starting with the little profile at NHL.com, one can learn that Bennett put up record-setting numbers as a rookie in the BCHL with 120 points and won gold with the United States in the World Junior A Challenge. No, he didn't get picked up for any international competition, but the U.S. has their own team for such tournaments. His non-inclusion shouldn't be seen as an issue. Here's Central Scouting Services' E.J. Hradek's short quote on Bennett:
    "120 points in 56 games. Good size winger destined to follow maybe in the footsteps of one-time BCHL scoring leader Kyle Turris during his junior year."

    Now, let me highlight one more part of that profile. Central Scouting Services ranked him 48th at midterm, and moved him up 16 spots among North American skaters to 32nd. All this despite playing in a Junior A league and not having many other accolades other than being a viable scoring machine for Penticton. I would think this would mean that there is truly substance behind those numbers.

    In fact, this video from O2K Management shows off a lot of Bennett highlights both in Penticton and with the USA team in the World Junior A Championships. I hope you enjoy "Right Now" by Van Halen, because that's the background song to this video.


    While it doesn't fully show Bennett's entire game, the highlights alone make it easy to see that he's got the wheels, he's got the hands, he's got the vision, and he's got sense to make it rain goals and assists. Definitely an offensive forward prospect.

    Speaking of rankings, he's really over the place. Let's start with The Scouting Report, who ranked him 38th among all prospects going into this year's draft. Here's their short blurb:

    A bit of a late bloomer who had a tremendous year in the BCHL after playing in the MEWHL with Los Angeles last season. His physical build is slender, but his skills are high end and he’s the type of player that can really break a game open with his ability to generate offense. He’s going to be heading to the University of Denver where he’ll need a few years as he’s a bit of a project right now. Don’t be surprised if a team is willing to step up and gamble on him in the late first round, either.

    I'm not surprised he's billed as a project. Bennett sparkled at a lower level of junior hockey - to maintain his college eligibility - and the first thing that grabs you is his numbers. But that obscures what kind of player he would be in a more physical, larger, and more competitive league. Fortunately, he'll get to do just that in the WCHA.

    However, there's a very good chance he won't even make it to 38th overall. Let's go to NHL Fanhouse, where Bruce Ciskie did a profile on Bennett. Here's an important summary of his strength and his weakness:

    He is a responsible player, but he has to work on his defensive zone game a bit. Where he's at his best is around the opposing net. Bennett is usually found in front, using his nose for the puck to score both the pretty goals and the tough ones.

    In the offensive zone, he is a gifted playmaker as well as a scorer.

    Committed to the University of Denver, Bennett will have to spend a year or two in college, as his 175-pound frame won't hold up if he doesn't do something about it. Expect Bennett to struggle a bit in college while he tries to figure out the faster, more physical game he'll find there, and while he tries to add some muscle.

    Again, Bennett needs to get bigger, work on his defense, and play against better competition. All things he'll get to do in Denver. At least there doesn't seem to be any offensive issues, which is excellent. Some of that just isn't teachable and it seems Bennett has it. Oh, and Ciskie & Fanhouse ranked Bennett 29th on their list of prospects. A good bit of a distance from 38th.

    Now let's switch to Coming Down the Pipeline, the blog of the The Pipeline Show's Guy Flaming and Dean Millard. Back in March, they came up with a list of projected second rounders, and guess who was there? Bennett. Yet, in the explanation, Flaming noted that he knew scouts that ranked him up as a first round selection. To make the rankings murkier, check out this little post at Western College Hockey Blog discussing TSN's polling of scouts - one scout ranked Bennett in the top 10 of the draft. Yes, the top 10. In the opposite end, Corey Pronman didn't rate Bennett well at all back in January at Puck Prospectus; perhaps his opinion changed now?

    Basically, if you read mock drafts like Brad Holland's at NHL.com and see Bennett in the first round, it shouldn't surprise you. At the same time, he could slip down. It all depends on the make up of the draft.

    Going back to Bennett's game, Kirk Luedeke of Bruins Draft Watch had this post on Bennett back in February. What's notable about this post is the extended quote from Red Line Report's Mike Remmerde:

    Half of my notes on Bennett consist of phrases like, 'Wow, can he really shoot the puck!' That Penticton team looks for him on the ice all the time. The whole offense seems geared to him and getting him the puck for scoring chances in the good areas. He's slight- he's got a big frame, but has a lot of filling out to do. His projection if he's going to be an NHL player is probably as a top-two line guy or nothing at all. His skating is good- he's real agile but isn't a dynamic game-breaker in that regard. Where his strength lies is when the puck is down low on the cycle and at finding a way to get open, find open linemates and score that way rather than from a bunch of solo rushes. And to be honest, that speaks much better for him than if he were scoring on a lot of individualistic plays. The whole problem is trying to figure out a Tier 2 player because the goaltending is substandard at that level. Is a guy who is picking the corners on a Tier 2 goalie going to be able to do it when he moves up to that next level? To me that's the biggest difference between major junior and tier 2- the quality of goaltending. So, Bennett still has a lot to prove."

    Top two line winger or not-at-all? Interesting. Perhaps Bennett is a boom-or-bust prospect instead of a project?

    This is especially notable given Remmerde maintains his own blog, NHL Draft Notes, and posted this more recent profile of Bennett after the BCHL season ended. Upon repeated viewings, particularly in the playoffs, Remmerde came away with many doubts about Bennett's game. The whole post is worth reading for a sobering take, but I'll quote the summary for convenience sake.

    Summary: His stick-to-the-perimeter act and struggles late in the playoffs were a big red flag for me. I had visions of Ivan Huml dancing in my head after that. But there might be only two or three guys in this draft that have better hands. Ultra high risk, high reward - either he turns into a 1st/2nd liner for you or takes his perimeter show to the European pro leagues for the rest of his career. If it got to about the 22-25 range and Howden was gone, I'd roll the dice on this guy.

    I would agree that his playoff performances, as described by Remmerde, are a big red flag. Usually, you'd want to read something like what was said about Straka - where his intensity kicked up in the postseason. Not the other way around. I can't help but think that this explains why different people rank him all over the place.

    What does the player himself think? Thanks to vees:blog (run by the play by play announcer of the Vees, Ryan Pinder), Dan Sallows had an interview with Bennett earlier this year. Bennett answers the question on what he needs to improve upon in the future:

    You are seen as being a power-play specialist, what are some of your other attributes, and is there anything you want to improve on?

    Beau: I believe my hockey sense and creativity are my biggest assets. I always have fun with the game and enjoy coming to the rink everyday which also helps. I definitely need to work on my strength. Most of my weaknesses come from my strength and i need to really work on that in the offseason.

    Again, Must Improve: Beefiness. But seriously, it's good that he's cognizant of his size/strength issue. Hopefully someone tipped him about the playoffs, his defensive game, and his lack of a physical game.

    I'm confident that going to the WCHA will help him realize and improve in those areas. What if he's available and the Devils draft him? The pick wouldn't surprise me and in some ways, it would make sense. The Devils are generally patient with prospects, they have no problem drafting players right out of Junior A hockey (especially the BCHL), and Bennett would be a prospect with more offensive flair, which would help fill a dearth of offensive players in the system.

    What worries me, however, is what Remmerde concluded about the player. Suppose his evaluation is correct and he really is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The Devils have had enough second round draft picks not turn out well, and it's not certain that the ones from 2006-2009 will necessarily make it into the NHL either. I'd like the Devils' top pick in this draft to have a safer projection, even if it means a lower ceiling on the player's potential. Of course, the Devils may not even get the chance to draft him. Some team in the NHL apparently loves Bennett as a prospect and it isn't unreasonable for him to crack into the first round based on others evaluations.

    Now it's your turn. Perhaps you've seen Bennett play and can offer a different opinion? Are you concerned about the criticism of Bennett? Are you excited about his offensive capabilities? Is there additional information that I should include? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.

    look at the video at

    http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2010/6/1...ospect-profile (scroll down a little )

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    Good stuff, Geno!

    Other additional things I've read quickly about the guy is that he's quick but super SOFF. Not physical at all, lacks size, is lost in hois own by he has some legit Offensive gifts.

    Sounds like a project to me. With his age and college commitment, we won't see him for a good while
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    I don't understand why we drafted the 32nd ranked North American Skater with the 20th overall pick. Im guessing that ranking means he was approximately the 65th best overall prospect.
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    I don't understand why we drafted the 32nd ranked North American Skater with the 20th overall pick. Im guessing that ranking means he was approximately the 65th best overall prospect.
    Hockey draft rankings are exactly on par with football and baseball in regards to accuracy. Someone ran an article or something recently discussing this and how most GM's board are really different than the rankings.

    I don't really know much rankings for the NHL draft to be honest. Last years pick was the obnly 1st rounder I've really liked that Ray Shero has picked (Simon Depres). I ave to read up more on Bennett but he's not exactly exciting me from what I've read ...

    the only other Shero 1st rounders were Staal and Angelo Esposito (another 20th pick)
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    Agree with Kipper.

    On my "private mock list," I had Jarred Tinordi (D) and three forwards, Quentin Howden, Emerson Etem, and Brock Nelson, all rated higher than Bennett

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    you guy are bad ( LOL )

    hey the only guy excited are the one at LGP , Jesse is a supertar today

    and read his comment at faceoff factor

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    I don't understand why we drafted the 32nd ranked North American Skater with the 20th overall pick. Im guessing that ranking means he was approximately the 65th best overall prospect.
    I have to admit that we passed up on a lot of available players to take this guy. I know nothing about the guy other than that he puts up good offensive numbers in Junior Al. I assume Shero's scouts must have seen something in him they liked, but it is really hard to tell when the Guy is playing Junior A, which is a level below Major Junior.
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    Last week I looked at one possibility for the Oilers' second choice in the second round [#48 overall from Nashville], Martin Marincin, the hulking Slovak defenseman. This week I submit a possibility for the Oilers' second pick, the 31st overall. He's yet another European player that few have heard of - Tom Kühnhackl, a 6'2" 172 lb forward from the Landshut Cannibals, playing in the second division of the German league.

    Kühnhackl turned pro at the age of sixteen and in his sixteen and seventeen year old seasons, he posted better than .5 points per game in the German second division. He's not as well known as he should be as he was forced to withdraw from the World Junior Championship due to injury. Had injuries not befallen Kühnhackl, it's likely that he would be a mid-first round lock this June.

    Tom is the son of Erich Kühnhackl, considered the greatest German hockey player ever, and voted as such in the year 2000. Erich broke into the Bundesliga at age eighteen, and in his second full season he would record 28 points in 35 games - his career low. Dad totaled 1500 career points in Germany, leading the league in points eight times and he was a seven time all-star. Erich also won three Bundesliga championships. He won a bronze medal in 1976 at Innsbruck and played in two other Olympic games and in ten World Championships. He appeared in over 200 international games, a German record. If there ever was a player with a pedigree heading into a draft, Tom Kühnhackl is your man.



    Is Kühnhackl worth the 31st overall pick, or is this a player that the Oilers could target with the 48th overall pick? Once again we go back to the always-outstanding Bruins 2010 Draft Watch for a scouting report on Kühnhackl:

    He 's an elite talent who, prior to the season, was seen in some circles as a top-10 prospect, but is slipping (ranked 10th on the European skaters list by Central). If he is there early in the 2nd, Kuhnhackl would be a steal. He's an explosive player with a very quick stick and a high-end hockey IQ. He's a beanpole (6-2, 172 pounds) who has a lot of filling out to do, but scouts love his live athletic build and know he'll pack on enough mass to handle the physical aspects.

    Erich was 6'5" and 198 lbs, so Tom's got lankiness is in his genes, but the kid should be expected to add another 30 pounds to his frame. He came into the Bundesliga as a center, but he's played left wing for the Cannibals thus far as a professional.

    One positive for Kühnhackl's draft position is that he's committed to moving to North America for the 2010-2011 season. From The Scouting Report:

    He’s a big forward who moves well and has a solid goal scoring touch. Some may have expected more from the German this season, but he still managed to produce well playing in a Men’s league. He’ll be transitioning over the pond to Windsor next year, where many North Americans will have a better gauge on his development.

    Kühnhackl will make the jump to North America next year and play for the OHL champion and Memorial Cup winner, the Windsor Spitfires. His willingness to play in the CHL next year should push his draft position up a handful of spots over where he would have been taken had he planned to stay in Germany.

    Windsor General Manager Warren Rychel has said: "He's a great skater and he's gifted with the puck." He'll have the opportunity to show off those skills next year as he may replace the departing Taylor Hall. Windsor could lose four first round draft selections from the championship team, so Kühnhackl will have an immediate stage. Kuhnhackl's scouting record on himself:

    "I think I'm the kind of player that my dad was. He's tall, I'm tall. I use my body to protect the puck. I can get the puck to the net to create scoring chances, see the open guy."

    In the long view, Kühnhackl has been compared to Marco Sturm in that he is fast, agile, possesses great acceleration and plays well in both zones. He's much larger than Sturm, and possesses more high-end skill. Both Kühnhackl and Sturm, as well as Erich, came out of the same development program in Landshut, yet another pointer towards the younger Kühnhackl's pedigree.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++++
    LOS ANGELES -- When he was 11, maybe 12, Tom Kuehnhackl was rooting around in his basement in Germany when he found a DVD.

    "It had my dad on it, and it said he was one of the greatest hockey players in all of Europe," Kuehnhackl said. "I was surprised about that. I had no idea. He played for the German national team, but he also played in the Czech Republic, Switzerland."

    Erich Kuehnhackl, now a vice president of the German national hockey team, played in three Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1976, 10 world championships and was part of four German pro league championships. He is in the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

    He never played in the NHL, but his son will have a shot to do that.

    Tom Keuhnhackl, a 6-foot-2, 172-pound right winger, was selected Saturday by the Penguins in the fourth round of the NHL draft.

    He had hoped to play in North America last season but was obligated by contract to remain with the Landshut Cannibals, getting 12 goals and 21 points in 38 games. He expects to join Windsor of the junior Ontario Hockey League this coming season.

    Keuhnhackl might not have known early on that his father was a star, but he knew he had hockey in his blood, and he first strapped on skates at 2. Since then, he has endured friends who don't understand why he is interested in a sport other than soccer.

    "Germany, everybody is around soccer," said Kuehnhackl, who speaks nearly flawless English. "That's it. Nobody cares about hockey."

    So, while so many people he knows in Germany were glued to the World Cup soccer matches, he was sitting anxiously in Staples Center waiting to hear his name. When it was the Penguins who called it, Kuehnhackl was ecstatic.

    "There's a lot I know about the Penguins, especially the best players maybe in the world, like [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin. On defense, [Sergei] Gonchar, Kris Letang. Goalie, [Marc-Andre] Fleury," he said, his eyes wide. "Oh, my God. Just awesome players.

    "I had no idea [who would pick me], but it's great to be picked by the Penguins."

    It was an eye-opening weekend for the 18-year-old, who was dazzled by Los Angeles and pleasantly surprised by the full house at the arena Friday evening for the first round of the draft.

    Kuehnhackl had been to the United States once before, in 2004, while on vacation with his parents. He got to see a Stanley Cup final game between Tampa Bay and Calgary.

    "It was an awesome feeling to be in [an NHL] rink," he said.

    The rinks here are smaller than the international-sized ice surface he is used to, but he is looking forward to making that transition.

    "Everybody's going faster, playing physically. I can use my body for that," Kuehnhackl said.

    "I'm a big player and I like to protect the puck, get the puck to the goal, create scoring chances. I see the open guy. I think I'm a good skater."

    Jay Heinbuck, the Penguins' director of amateur scouting, said Kuehnhackl was spotted in a couple of European tournaments and targeted as a prospect.

    Kuehnhackl's father was not able to make the trip to the draft, so Penguins general manager Ray Shero could not validate a memory he has from the late 1970s or early 1980s when his father, Fred, coached the New York Rangers.

    Ray Shero believes as a youngster he might have met Erich Keuhnhackl.

    "I want to say he came over to the Rangers' training camp when my dad was there," Shero said. "I asked [Tom] that. He wasn't sure. I think he was, and I'm pretty sure if he was, I was there that day at training camp."

    He never could have imagined a few decades later that he would be giving the German player's son a crack at the NHL.



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    Other additional things I've read quickly about the guy is that he's quick but super SOFF. Not physical at all, lacks size, is lost in hois own by he has some legit Offensive gifts.
    He's from California.......

    what did you expect.

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