NHL Hockey: Jamie Benn
If you’re a fantasy hockey poolie, you’re probably well-acquainted with Victoria, British Columbia’s Jamie Benn.
The reason: the Dallas Stars forward is a rising star and major breakout candidate for the 2011-12 season.
Given his career path leading up to this year, that shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows a thing or two about him.
After playing for the Peninsula Panthers, Victoria Salsa and Victoria Grizzlies in minor junior hockey, Benn made an immediate impact upon joining the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.
In 2007-08, ne notched 65 points in 51 games. 2008-09 was an even bigger season for Benn. He had 46 goals and 82 points in 56 games; he won gold with Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships; and he exploded for 33 points in 19 playoff games. Benn won the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the Memorial Cup’s leading scorer that season.
The Dallas Stars drafted the 6’2”, 208-pound Benn 129th overall in 2007. He stood out immediately in his rookie season (2009-10), scoring 22 goals, totalling 41 points and playing in all 82 games.
After missing the playoffs, the Stars sent him to their AHL Texas affiliate. Benn was outstanding in the playoffs there, notching 26 points.
The extra experience carried over for Benn last season. He scored another 22 goals and upped his point total to 56 but did it in just 69 games.
With Brad Richards gone from the Lone Star state, Benn will be relied upon to be “the guy” in Dallas. So far, everything the 22-year-old has done in his career suggests he’ll be up to the task.
Jamie Benn seems poised to become yet another NHL star to arise from British Columbia!