Sam Bennett made his NHL debut for the Calgary Flames today and it didn’t take him long to record his first point. More precisely, it took him 33 seconds.
In his first career shift, Bennett was able to steal the puck from Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson behind the net and then attempted a wraparound shot. Hutchinson managed to block it with his stick, but that put Michael Ferland in a position to complete the scoring play:
This game represents the end of a difficult journey for Bennett to reach the NHL. Although it initially looked like he might participate in the Flames’ season opener after being taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery made that impossible. Instead Bennett had to work his way through a lengthy recovery process and once he was healthy enough to play, he went back to the OHL Kingston Frontenacs.
Bennett was finally able to rejoin the Flames after scoring 11 goals and 24 points in 11 OHL games.