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  1. 2 points
    Lucic is looking a little more trim coming into camp this year, judging from the video on the main site. Also from listening to Peters interview on the 960 this morning, have to like that Lucic asked to play a ton of pre season games so that the coach can best judge how to use him. Most vets don't want to play any pre season games, so that he wants to play a lot is a good sign. I realize that he isn't going to be an impact player the way he used to be, but you at least have to give it to the guy for coming to Calgary with the right attitude, something Neal didn't do from the get go.
  2. 1 point
    That's all water under the bridge. He'll have an opportunity this season and we'll see if he can make the jump up the line-up.
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    Also, the Oilers are a cup favourite
  4. 1 point
    See above. Bennett wasn't left with the Backlund line because it was less effective with him on it. The NHL is not a development league. Players are not given top 6 times without merit. The alternate universe to evaluate is "what if Bennett played well enough to stay on the Backlund line for the entire season". But he didn't. And that isn't on the coaches, his third line line mates, or anyone else except for Sam Bennett.
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    Bennett's most common lines last season EV (according to Dobber Hockey) are below. Bennett's was most commonly with Backlund and Tkachuk for the first half of the season. He was demoted to Jankowski/Neal for the third quarter of the season and then with Jankowski/Czarnik to finish it off. Bennett was the second most common line mate of the Backlund/Tkachuk pair With Backlund and Tkachuk Bennett played 195 EV minutes with those two. They had a CF% of 55.43 and a GF% of 52.63 (+1 goal differential). Bennett without those two played 476 EV minutes. He had a CF% of 53.70 and a GF% of 42.86 (-6 goal differential) Those two played without Bennett for 628 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 57.51 and a GF% of 61.82 (+23 goal differential). For comparison Those two played with Frolik for 427 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 59.16 and a GF% of 67.44 (+15 goal differential). Those two played with Czarnik for 73 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 57.52 and a GF% of 33.33 (-2 goal differential). With Jankowski and Neal Bennett played 153 EV minutes with those two. They had a CF% of 50.98 and a GF% of 37.50 (-4 goal differential). Bennett without those two played 385 EV minutes. He had a CF% of 54.41 and a GF% of 54.29 (+3 goal differential) Those two played without Bennett for 185 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 48.01 and a GF% of 37.50 (-2 goal differential). For comparison Those two played with Mangiapane for 61 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 49.54 and a GF% of 0 (-2 goal differential). Those two played with Czarnik for 47 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 50.68 and a GF% of 100 (+1 goal differential). With Jankowski and Czarnik Bennett played 100 EV minutes with those two. They had a CF% of 62.16 and a GF% of 40.00 (-2 goal differential). Bennett without those two played 457 EV minutes. He had a CF% of 54.09 and a GF% of 53.85 (+3 goal differential) Those two played without Bennett for 162 EV minutes. They had a CF% of 55.17 and a GF% of 70.00 (+4 goal differential). There is definitely evidence that Neal and Jankowski brought Bennett down. But there is just as much evidence that Bennett was a liability on the Backlund line. The simple truth is he was given plenty of time on the Backlund line but there were better options. A disturbing trend with Bennett, and his has been for his career, is the goals against. His goals against per 60-minutes played (GA/60) is near the top of the team. When you have a depth player playing pretty sheltered minutes, putting up limited offense, and taking lots of PIMS you expect that GA to be DOWN. Which sums up the player. His PIMS and GA make him a liability, and he doesn't provide the upside to make up for it. If he can't get his offense going or get the issues under control then he doesn't have an NHL career ahead of him.
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