The Florida Panthers have picked up forward Sam Bennett in a trade with the Calgary Flames.
The Flames receive a second round pick for the 2022 Entry Draft and a prospect.
The 24-year-old from Holland Landing has four goals and eight assists this season, but he’s a minus-14. Bennett produced two assists against the Edmonton Oilers Saturday, skating for 12:38.
In 402 career regular season games, all with the Flames, he’s notched 67 goals and 73 assists for a total of 140 points.
Bennett was drafted by Calgary fourth overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and was the highest selection in franchise history, so expectations have been high.
Bennett went on to skate for Kingston in the OHL, producing 131 points in 117 games ahead of joining the Flames’ training camp. Shoulder surgery got in the way of his debut season in the NHL, but he did show up for 11 games in the 2014-2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He produced four points.
In 30 playoff games with the Flames, Bennett has 19 points.
Bennett made the lineup as a full-timer in 2015-2016 and put together a four goal game on January 13 of 2016 against the Florida Panthers. He became the third youngest NHLer in history to accomplish the feat.
Bennett was looking forward to a fresh start under head coach Darryl Sutter in Calgary, but consistent ice time was still a challenge on the struggling Flames.
The Panthers are third in the Central Division with a 26-12-4 record, putting them well within a playoff spot with 56 points.