Alexander Wennberg vs. Sam Bennett

Rick Roos

2016-09-28

Great analysis here on which player is the better fantasy own – Alexander Wennberg or Sam Bennett?

 

We’re sticking with youngsters again – this time to cover Alexander Wennberg and Sam Bennett. The promising pivots had better 2015-16 seasons than would first appear, as although they combined for only 76 points in 146 games Wennberg finished with 39 in his final 56 contests and Bennett had 17 in a 22 game stretch during January and February. Who should poolies bank on for 2016-17 and beyond? Cage Match is here to find out!

 

Career Path and Contract Status

 

Wennberg was selected 13th overall in 2013 by Columbus, who, from this video, appeared to covet the Swedish prospect. Although Wennberg saw his scoring dip from 32 points in 48 games in 2012-13 to 21 in 50 games in 2013-14 while honing his craft in Sweden, he nevertheless found his way into 68 NHL games during 2014-15, finishing with only 20 points but managing 11 in his final 16 contests. And in 2015-16 Wennberg went beyond finishing strong, scoring at a 57 point pace for more than the final two-thirds of the season.

Bennett, despite famously failing to do a single pull-up at the 2014 combine, was selected 4th overall by Calgary in 2014 on the strength (pun intended) of his 91 points in 57 games in the OHL for 2013-14. Any debate as to whether Bennett would stay in the NHL for 2014-15 was mooted when he hurt his shoulder in training camp, requiring surgery. Once healthy he dominated in the OHL (24 points in 11 games) and appeared in one contest for the Flames, posting an assist. Last season he scored 36 points in 77 games; however, as noted above, he especially showed signs of emerging once the calendar flipped to 2016.

The 2016-17 campaign will be the last for both on their ELCs, which have identical $0.925M cap hits but quite different AAVs ($1.4M for Wennberg; $3.225 for Bennett).

 

Ice Time

 

Season

Total Ice Time per game (rank among team’s forwards)

PP Ice Time per game (rank among team’s forwards)

SH Ice Time per game (rank among team’s forwards)

2015-16

15:51 (A.W.) – 8th

15:08 (S.B.) – 7th

2:10 (A.W.) – 5th

1:57 (S.B.) – 5th

0:42 (A.W.) – 6th

0:01 (S.B.) – 14th (tied)

2014-15