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theicebox 01-08-2013 02:19 PM

Will Bennett eventually become 'Crosby's Neal'?
 
Up or down vote.

Tasty Biscuits 01-08-2013 03:10 PM

Won't put up Neal-numbers, but still see him as a viable shotgun option.

wgknestrick 01-08-2013 04:00 PM

Does "Crosby's Neal" mean 40 goal scorer or just a good fit?

Sidney BrOSSby* 01-08-2013 04:01 PM

I'm thinking it'll be someone like Dupuis with better hands.

GlenngarryGlencross 01-08-2013 04:22 PM

Bennett seems like an ideal fit for Crosby, a RHS, creative offense-first winger. We know Sid can score goals at a ridiculous pace, we need a guy that can complement that aspect of his game while being a threat to score goals himself. That is BB.

I don't quite see Bylsma's line logic going into camp. Dupuis and Kunitz serve the same third-wheel function, doesn't make sense to put them on the same line when you can spread them out. 13-87-9 and 14-71-18 gives you two dynamic duos and two quality third-wheel guys to grind and work the boards.

The only real question is whether BB is ready to handle the NHL pace and physicality, which I think he is. His talent and growth are wasted in WBS with the lack of offensive talent down there.

Dragon Priest 01-08-2013 04:26 PM

I think he can be. He seems to be a creative player offensively and needs to continue to round out his game. I don't think he'll ever be a superstar so to speak, but I think he can be a 25-30 goal scorer worth 50-70pts. I'll take that.

MichiganWolverines 01-08-2013 04:36 PM

He certainly isn't as physical as James Neal, but I think him and Crosby will have a great chemistry in the future (if he stays healthy).

hctopcheds11 01-08-2013 04:51 PM

I view Bennett as a player in the mold of Jason Pominville, who I always thought would be a great fit with 87. I'd love to see a Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett line.

Zero Pucks 01-08-2013 05:00 PM

I like the idea of Bennett on a line with Malkin and Neal better.

steelcityassault 01-08-2013 05:08 PM

Too soff

hctopcheds11 01-08-2013 05:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoGuins8711 (Post 57304825)
I like the idea of Bennett on a line with Malkin and Neal better.

I think with the Neal-Malkin combo, you ideally want more or a puck hound. The Kulemin type of winger (Kunitz as well). I'd love to see Bennett step up and earn that RW spot alongside 87. Trade for Kulemin and roll:

Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett
Kulemin-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Dupuis
Glass-Vitale-Kennedy/Tangradi/Jeffrey

Again, that's all if Bennett could show that he could create and transfer what he's done in the AHL to the NHL. Which is very much a question mark.

SprootsMasterFlex 01-08-2013 05:23 PM

Yes but he'll have to bulk up and improve his skating by quite a bit.

KIRK 01-08-2013 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andyg26 (Post 57305547)
I think with the Neal-Malkin combo, you ideally want more or a puck hound. The Kulemin type of winger (Kunitz as well). I'd love to see Bennett step up and earn that RW spot alongside 87. Trade for Kulemin and roll:

Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett
Kulemin-Malkin-Neal
Cooke-Sutter-Dupuis
Glass-Vitale-Kennedy/Tangradi/Jeffrey

Again, that's all if Bennett could show that he could create and transfer what he's done in the AHL to the NHL. Which is very much a question mark.

Malone works in place of Kulemin.

If Bennett steps up, then great. If not, then Ray Shero can make another deal. That third line is what you want to see on a cup caliber team and the most appropriate slotting of Dupuis.

Jacob 01-08-2013 05:37 PM

He's not ever going to score 40, no.

KIRK 01-08-2013 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jacob (Post 57306499)
He's not ever going to score 40, no.

I wouldn't say never, because if BB shares a similarity with Neal, it's the wicked shot.

hctopcheds11 01-08-2013 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KIRK (Post 57306609)
I wouldn't say never, because if BB shares a similarity with Neal, it's the wicked shot.

I tend to agree with Jacob. I see Bennett as 20-25 goal/ 35-40 assists type of player if all goes well. He has the shot but he's a much more natural playmaker.

KIRK 01-08-2013 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andyg26 (Post 57306891)
I tend to agree with Jacob. I see Bennett as 20-25 goal/ 35-40 assists type of player if all goes well. He has the shot but he's a much more natural playmaker.

You're probably right. He could be a Neal clone, and the odds would be against his ever scoring 40 goals.

eXile59 01-08-2013 06:28 PM

I think he could be a complimentary players in the way Neal is to Geno. I don't see much in the way of similar players. I also don't think Neal will get 40 again & will probably settling in around the mid-30's.

Shrimper 01-08-2013 06:34 PM

If it works out then yes. But if it doesn't work then no.

KIRK 01-08-2013 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shrimper (Post 57308829)
If it works out then yes. But if it doesn't work then no.

Boy, you're really going out on a limb on that one . . . :)

Warm Cookies 01-08-2013 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoGuins8711 (Post 57304825)
I like the idea of Bennett on a line with Malkin and Neal better.

God forbid Sid should get any talent to play with.

Captain Hook 01-08-2013 06:57 PM

I do think he can become a legit primary winger for Sid but he's a much different player than Neal. He won't pot 40 goals for Sid but he may help Sid score even more goals because he's more creative than Neal.

Warm Cookies 01-08-2013 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Hook (Post 57309831)
I do think he can become a legit primary winger for Sid but he's a much different player than Neal. He won't pot 40 goals for Sid but he may help Sid score even more goals because he's more creative than Neal.

Exactly. Bennett can actually manufacture scoring chances independently of our centers - really our only wing who can do that.

Rico Fatastic 01-08-2013 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rowdy Roddy Peeper (Post 57309793)
God forbid Sid should get any talent to play with.

For realzies.

jmelm 01-08-2013 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mister Ed (Post 57302985)
Bennett seems like an ideal fit for Crosby, a RHS, creative offense-first winger. We know Sid can score goals at a ridiculous pace, we need a guy that can complement that aspect of his game while being a threat to score goals himself. That is BB.

I don't quite see Bylsma's line logic going into camp. Dupuis and Kunitz serve the same third-wheel function, doesn't make sense to put them on the same line when you can spread them out. 13-87-9 and 14-71-18 gives you two dynamic duos and two quality third-wheel guys to grind and work the boards.

The only real question is whether BB is ready to handle the NHL pace and physicality, which I think he is. His talent and growth are wasted in WBS with the lack of offensive talent down there.


Disagree. I don't believe BB is ready to handle NHL speed, physicality, 200-ft & defensive play, and mental stamina for a (condensed) NHL season, and then elevate all those things to yet another level for the playoffs.


I think highly of BB and think he will ultimately be there, and if he keeps up the training & conditioning he did with T.R. going into next offseason, I think he'll be ready to make the jump next year. Yes, WBS sucks right now, but they will right the ship eventually and he can be a big part of their success; and there's still merit to him conintuing to learn the system down there, how to be a pro and how to be a 200-ft player. And if they don't make the playoffs as we all would hope, then bring him up here to be part of the Black Aces, which will still be incredible experience and exposure for the guy, even if he doesn't get to play.


And to the OP's question: will he be Crosby's Neal? I think the answer is yes, he can be a guy who can play with Sid or Geno. But he has to continue to take his strength & speed to an even higher level to get there, and it will be important to find a good 3rd guy on that line to do some of the mucking & grinding, as well. But Crosby will open up a ton of room for BB to be creative, and if he can raise his game high enogh, BB will be able to do the same for Crosby. He's got that much upside.


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