“He’s an all-around leader,” Richardson said. “He’s a mellow guy and guys aren’t afraid to come talk to him, yet I’ve also seen him yell and scream a few times if guys aren’t going hard every day.
“He leads by example. Every day he’s in the gym working hard, and the younger guys notice that. His ‘what can I do to get better’ attitude is infectious.”
Benoit, who scored a career-high 11 goals in the championship season with Binghamton, is a big reason why the B-Sens have seen an increased offensive production in all of their defensemen. The unit has scored 21 of the team’s 67 goals, which is the highest percentage in the league.
“Obviously our main job is to protect our goalie and prevent breakdowns in the defensive zone, but any time a team can get offensive production from the defense it’s going to make things difficult for opposing teams,” Benoit said.
The American Hockey League announced today that Albany Devils right wing Bobby Butler has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 16, 2012.
In three games on the week, Butler scored six goals and tallied one assist for seven points and posted a plus-5 rating for the Devils.
On Wednesday night vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Butler tied franchise records with four goals and five points, was a plus-5 and took a game-high six shots on goal as the Devils defeated the Penguins, 6-3; he scored once in the first period, twice in the second – including the game-winning shorthanded goal – and once more in the third. On Friday, Butler scored again as Albany erased three separate one-goal deficits and defeated Connecticut, 4-3, for its fifth consecutive victory. And on Saturday, Butler scored the Devils’ lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to Providence.