Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens announced the signing of 2009 draft pick Mac Bennett to a two-year entry level contract today. Bennett, a senior at the University of Michigan, just wrapped up his NCAA hockey career. Bennett’s two-year deal kicks in at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, meaning that he is currently not under contract for this season. Bennett will remain at school to finish his musicology major and nurse his shoulder injury, meaning that he will not finish the season with the Bulldogs.
Bennett is a highly mobile defenceman gifted with a beautiful, explosive stride, along with top-notch speed and fantastic agility. Bennett is highly intelligent player, noted for his hard work and leadership. Bennett possesses good puck control and an accurate shot, but his offensive capability is based around his passing ability. Over the course of his 136 game NCAA career Bennett greatly improved his defensive ability as he now is a very solid two-way defenceman. Bennett’s mobility and active stick allow him to break up scoring chances and quickly recover from mistakes. Despite being merely average-sized at 6′ 195 lbs, Bennett is able to win puck battles on a consistent basis. However, Bennett is prone to poor reads both offensively and defensively. Although he possesses an accurate shot, Bennett’s shot isn’t particularly hard and he tends to avoid using it for the most part. Furthermore, Bennett can go stretches where he doesn’t make much of an impact on the game.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Mac Bennett 79th in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Bennett spent his draft year with Hotchkiss School of the USHS, grabbing 11 points in 15 games. The following season, Bennett moved on to the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Bennett earned himself a spot in the USHL All-Star Game and wrapped up the season with 9 goals and 23 points in 53 games.
The following season, Bennett moved on the University of Michigan Wolverines, joining fellow Canadiens prospect, Greg Pateryn. Bennett played 32 games in his freshman season, scoring twice and adding 10 assists. The following season saw Bennett’s destroy his totals set in his rookie season, posting four goals and 17 assists in 41 games. Bennett and Pateryn became the top pairing on the Wolverines’ blue line, playing in all situations. Despite losing his defensive partner, Bennett still had a very successful junior season, forming a duo with Winnipeg Jet, Jacob Trouba. Bennett racked up six goals—a career-high—and 12 assists. Bennett also saw a tremendous amount of growth in his two-way game and was an alternate captain.
Bennett was named captain of the Wolverines this past season, where he emerged as the team’s number one defenceman. The effortless skater logged an obscene amount of minutes against the opposition’s best. Bennett also grabbed 14 points in 31 games and a +12 rating, all while spending the vast majority of his time partnered with freshman, Michael Downing. For his strong senior season Bennett was named to the All-Big Ten second team. Bennett finished his NCAA career with 14 goals, 51 assists, 65 points, and a +40 rating in 136 games.