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Will Bennett eventually become 'Crosby's Neal'?

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01-08-2013, 02:19 PM
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Will Bennett eventually become 'Crosby's Neal'?

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01-08-2013, 03:10 PM
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Won't put up Neal-numbers, but still see him as a viable shotgun option.

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01-08-2013, 04:00 PM
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Does "Crosby's Neal" mean 40 goal scorer or just a good fit?

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

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01-08-2013, 04:22 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 04:26 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 04:36 PM
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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).

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01-08-2013, 04:51 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 05:00 PM
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I like the idea of Bennett on a line with Malkin and Neal better.

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01-08-2013, 05:08 PM
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01-08-2013, 05:15 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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Yes but he'll have to bulk up and improve his skating by quite a bit.

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01-08-2013, 05:34 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 05:37 PM
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He's not ever going to score 40, no.

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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.

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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.

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01-08-2013, 05:49 PM
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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.

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01-08-2013, 06:28 PM
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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.

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

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01-08-2013, 06:38 PM
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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 . . .

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I like the idea of Bennett on a line with Malkin and Neal better.
God forbid Sid should get any talent to play with.

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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.

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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.

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God forbid Sid should get any talent to play with.
For realzies.

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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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