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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

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com - July 12th: "The 18-year-old is an outstanding skater who is as relentless on the forecheck as he is on the backcheck."

Mike Morreale - NHL.com - July 12th: "He stood out as the second-line center for the United States at the WJC, scoring three points (one goal, two assists), killing penalties and averaging 17:05 of ice time in seven games."

Hockey Prospecting - July 8th: "However, Beniers whole scouting report and reputation is as an elite two-way center. So the fact that he doesn’t look like an elite offensive juggernaut in the model isn’t a concern because he’s not supposed to be."

Josh Bell of FC Hockey - July 8th: "He’s strong on the puck and moves it very well, despite not being overly creative on offense. While the high-pace game works now, developing his secondary strategy will be important for the next level."

Brandon Holmes of FC Hockey - July 8th: "Among the most intelligent players in this draft, Beniers is a high hockey IQ, 200-foot center that also brings a blend of mobility and skill."

Nick Richard - Dobber Prospects - July 7th: "The Michigan pivot offers a balance of floor and upside that is unmatched by any other prospect in the class and it shouldn’t take long before he is making an impact at the NHL level. His defensive game is advanced beyond his years, he is an outstanding skater with great speed and four-way mobility, and he never takes a shift off."

Scott Wheeler - The Atheletic - June 22nd: "He’s a plus-level skater who gallops around the ice, plays on the inside (which opens up his effective cutbacks), pushes tempo in transition, and drives possession with his ability to win the game’s 10-foot races."

Ryan Kenneday - The Hockey News - June 11th: "Beniers is already an accomplished two-way center who plays at a high pace and his key usage on faceoffs at the world juniors furthered his reputation."

Steve Kournianos - The Draft Analyst - May 24th: "Much like Power, Beniers had a seamless transition to the college game and quickly established himself as a consistent scoring option on a team loaded with premier talent. He’s also a puck hound with a high motor who excels in the trenches and sets the right example for his teammates to follow."

Sam Cosentino - Sportsnet - May 12th: "Plays a complete game and combines an excellent work ethic with fierce competitiveness."

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com - Apr. 23rd: "The 18-year-old helped the United States win the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship as the youngest player on the roster."

Tony Ferrari - Dobber Prospects - Mar. 8: "He affects the game in so many ways from scoring at an impressive rate to turning play around in his own zone. Benier is an incredibly intelligent and cerebral player who attacks the opponents at their weaknesses."

Tony Ferrari - Dobber Prospects - Feb. 22nd: "He may be the most complete player in the draft and the surest bet to be a top-six center. The only real question with Beniers is whether he will be a number one or two center. Does he settle somewhere in between resembling a Dylan Larkin or Nazem Kadri?"

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2021 NHL Draft | Matthew Beniers (#10) Shift by Shift vs. Notre Dame, January 21, 2021

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