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Matthew Beniers Profile

Matthew Beniers
Ht/Wt: 6' 1"/174 lbs
Position: C/LW
Team: U. of Michigan (NCAA)

Matthew Beniers's Player Profile

Cam Robinson - Dobber Prospects - : "The gaudy point totals wonít likely follow, but he has a ton of translatable skills. Speed and transitional effectiveness to burn."

Dylan Griffing Dobber Prospects - Feb. 3rd: "His creativity, elusiveness, and all-around smarts make him a dangerous player every time he steps in the offensive zone, with or without the puck. The one aspect that Beniers gets critiqued for is that he isnít a very flashy player, but it clearly is not hindering his game in the slightest."

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com - Jan. 23rd: "The 18-year-old left-handed shot can get to top speed quickly. Beniers helped the United States win the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship as the youngest player on the roster; he was the center on the second line, scored three points (one goal, two assists) and averaged 17:05 of ice time in seven games."

Steve Kournianos - The Draft Analyst - Jan. 21st: "Beniers is a possession fiend who has all the offensive tools you would want in a premier prospect, but he plays the game at a fast pace and provides his coach with the useful mix of physicality and tenacity off the puck. If you havenít had the chance to see him play, youíre certainly missing out, as Beniers sets the standard for both high motor and effort from start to finish."

Craig Button - TSN - Dec. 15th: "Great example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Very smart with good skill. Plays everywhere on the ice and in all situations. Makes his teammates team better."

Bob McKenzie - TSN - Dec. 15th: "Because heís playing such a strong two-way game for the Wolverines, his star is most definitely ascending. Scouts are currently projecting him as an NHL second-line centre."

Sam Cosentino - Sportsnet - Nov. 27th: "Honest player with a motor that never stops. Freshman who has already earned the trust of Michiganís staff."

Corey Pronman - The Athletic - Oct. 8th: "Beniers does not dazzle with elite speed and skill. His game lacks flash, but his game also has very few holes. He will become a fan and coach favorite because of his elite competitiveness."

Scott Wheeler - The Athletic - Sept. 14th: "Beniers doesnít wow you like the other forwards in this range are capable of, which prompts questions about whether he projects as more of a second-line forward than first-line one. But he has produced everywhere he has ever played in line with the best players of his age group, heís making the early jump to college, and I expect him to have an immediate impact even if he doesnít put up gaudy numbers."

Clare McManus - Dobber Prospects - Sept. 12th: "A 200-foot player who can play physical or produce offensively. He is an explosive skater with strong edgework and mobility. With that he can beat defenders in one-on-one situations, but also use his skating to create space for himself, which makes it easy to see his available options."

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