Tyler Benson Signs his ELC

baggedmilk
December 30 2016 10:56AM

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that Tyler Benson has signed his entry level contract.

The story, as we all know, on Tyler Benson is that his draft stock in last year's draft slid mostly due to an array of injuries in his draft year. There aren't many people that doubt the local boy's ability or hockey smarts, but he needs to find a way to stay healthy. When the skilled winger is playing he's known to be relentless on the puck with the ability to make plays, and those are traits that are few and far between in the Oilers' prospect pool. When Benson was available with the 32nd pick it almost seemed obvious that Edmonton would grab him.

Today, Tyler Benson took the next step in his career as he signed his very first NHL contract and for that we speak his name. At the time of this post, the money portion of Benson's three-year deal has not been disclosed but I'll update the post when someone spills the beans. Benjamins aside, this has got to be an amazing day and feeling for the Edmonton product to sign an NHL contract with the team that he grew up watching.

SCOUTING REPORT

  • He is a nightmare to defend because he is as physically punishing with the puck as he is without it. Benson is very shifty with tremendous balance, meaning he can continue to move if he gets hit at the same time he decides to change direction. Possessing the kind of vision and IQ he owns makes it no surprise the CHL came close to giving him “exceptional” status to play a full season as a 15 year old (cut short by a knee injury). And while some felt his production last season (45 points in 62 games) was unbecoming of a CHL’er almost honoured in the same manner as John Tavares and Connor McDavid, his ability to swarm the puck and do something with it thereafter makes him a highly-dangerous prospect to overlook. We’re still not sure whether to classify him as a playmaker or a scorer because he can be both, sometimes off the same cycle, when he will either create quality chances for others, or grab the puck and wire a heavy, accurate shot with a quick release. The sky’s the limit for the Edmonton native, and as far as the CHL is concerned, we think he’s almost there. -Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst

  • A natural goal scorer, Benson can hurt the opposition in a variety of ways.  As mentioned he has a hard and accurate wrist shot with a good release. He also has a very good one-timer. He is also willing to stand in front of the net and take punishment to get tip ins and rebounds. Benson does well in protecting the puck in the cycle game. His excellent lower body strength gives him good balance, and he has the frame to protect the puck in battles. He has the stickhandling ability to take the puck off the wall, and get around a defender to create a play, but is not one to make a huge number of fancy moves in transition.  Benson does have the ability to be a playmaker as well, with strong tape-to-tape passes and good vision. -Last Word on Sports

  • Benson is an intriguing, but risky one. Coming into the year, he looked like a lock for the top 10, but he dealt with a lot of injuries. Assuming he can get healthy, he's a dynamic talent. He had 28 points in 30 games this year. -Chris Peter, CBS Sports

  • A powerful kid who uses both his brains and skill to outplay his opponent. He has some skating issues that will need work, but is hard to contain down low and can really be dangerous deep in the offensive zone. He just owns the boards, protects the puck and wills himself to win most one-on-one battles. His shot is pro caliber, and he needs little space or time to put the puck in the net. -Future Considerations

HIGHLIGHTS


TYLER BENSON'S IN THE DUB

Benson

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2013-14 Vancouver Giants WHL 7 0 0 0 0 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 Vancouver Giants WHL 62 14 31 45 55 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Vancouver Giants WHL 30 9 19 28 46 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016-17 Vancouver Giants WHL 31 10 30 40 27 -3

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#1 Mr. McDavid
December 30 2016, 11:07AM
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Unrelated.... Grab Mr Halak off of waivers. Congratulations Mr Brenson

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#3 Jordan88
December 30 2016, 11:14AM
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Tyler Benson is going to be a force in the NHL.

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#4 Keepyourstickontheice
December 30 2016, 11:20AM
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Stay healthy Pitlick 2.0

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#5 IRONman
December 30 2016, 11:20AM
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97 new wing man.

Awesome story.

This guy has got the goods

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#6 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 30 2016, 11:21AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

He has one more year at $4.5 million. You really want $9 million tied up in goalies? No thank you.

Halak was outstanding in the WCOH, but not very good with the Isles so far this year. I would feel a lot better with Halak than Gustavvson. The extra cap hit won't mean a thing this year, but can they afford it next year? This ideas should not be dismissed out of hand.

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#7 Mr. McDavid
December 30 2016, 11:21AM
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@Mr. McDavid

Mr Somebody hacked my account And wrote something stupid.

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#8 VK63
December 30 2016, 11:31AM
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Foghorn and Benson both played as SSAC.

Irrelevant... but mentioned with regularity. Kinda like whining about the Hall trade.

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#9 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 30 2016, 11:36AM
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Thinking about Halak for the next year. The Oil are projected to have 4.5M cap space this year, so this year not an issue.

Next year the big add will be LD, probably something around +3M over his current. The other unknown is Russell, but if he does sign with the Oil I can't see it more than say 1M above current at most. The only expiring contract of any significance is Hendricks who at 1.8 is an expensive 4th liner and can likely be replaced for maybe 1M less. The Oil will also lose one contract to expansion, and if this is say Poulliot, that's considerable cap relief.

So the question is can the Oil afford 8.7M for two goalies next year, I think they can if they think Halak is the guy. Waiting for Willis' post asking the question about Halak specifically.

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#10 OilCan2
December 30 2016, 11:46AM
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Welcome aboard T Benson.

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#11 passenger
December 30 2016, 11:48AM
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1 Benson, 0 Halaks. As it should be.

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#12 Will
December 30 2016, 12:10PM
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2016 Draft, the year players fell to Edmonton.

If you follow the team and posts here, then you are aware of the impending need for some real value contracts. At the moment surrounding the young players with veterans is working well (who knew?) But given Draisaitl, Nurse, McDavid, Puljujarvi, Talbot, and I guess maybe Russel, will be looking at raises, the team is going to need some value contracts.

If, and it's a big if, this team is legit and they are going to start contending for the cup, then they will need to transition to the Chicago model, whereby strong drafting and development create a good pipline to play with the core. Those players play well to increase value. The team can't afford to keep them but will get great value on the trade, thus beginning the process all over again by netting high draft picks and solid blue chip prospects.

Ipso Facto, Lucic is gonna be here for a while, Maroon could be exposed, but if not will certainly command a raise end of next year up from the 2.1 mill he gets now. After him I think it likely Pouliot is traded or bought out or taken by Vegas. Leaving a hole at LW, and that's to say nothing of Hendricks' expiring contract. Fortunately, guys like Pitlick and now Benson could fill those roles, and at a cheaper cost.

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#13 Oliveoiler
December 30 2016, 12:15PM
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Congrats to Tyler Benson, I think he'll be a good addition to the team eventually. As for Halak? It's a given that we need a decent back up goalie, but paying someone who is trending down far more than we are paying Talbot makes no sense. Look for another back up ASAP (if PC isn't already) as a playoff run means covering our asses. Relying on LB or Ellis right now wont cut it either. It's a big step between AHL and NHL. Any suggestions on open market goalies?

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#14 Will
December 30 2016, 12:25PM
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On another note, um, Micheal Stone is not having a good year in Arizona, and is a UFA at the end of the year. Shoots right, is 26, big, had 30 points in 75 games last year. Just saying maybe he's the Deadline pick up with hopes of resigning him?

Sekera - Larsson

Klefbom - Stone

Nurse / Davidson - Russel / Benning / Gryba

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December 30 2016, 12:50PM
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whateverhappenedtoearledwards wrote:

Thinking about Halak for the next year. The Oil are projected to have 4.5M cap space this year, so this year not an issue.

Next year the big add will be LD, probably something around +3M over his current. The other unknown is Russell, but if he does sign with the Oil I can't see it more than say 1M above current at most. The only expiring contract of any significance is Hendricks who at 1.8 is an expensive 4th liner and can likely be replaced for maybe 1M less. The Oil will also lose one contract to expansion, and if this is say Poulliot, that's considerable cap relief.

So the question is can the Oil afford 8.7M for two goalies next year, I think they can if they think Halak is the guy. Waiting for Willis' post asking the question about Halak specifically.

So you think Draisaitl will be making under 4 million next year?

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#16 Spydyr
December 30 2016, 01:15PM
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Size , skill, works hard and hungry with something to prove.What is not to like?

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December 30 2016, 01:36PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Size , skill, works hard and hungry with something to prove.What is not to like?

6'0 190 lbs. Where do you see that he has size?

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#18 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 30 2016, 01:53PM
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Harry2 wrote:

So you think Draisaitl will be making under 4 million next year?

No, what I said is that LD would likely be in for a raise of maybe 3M. This year, with his bonuses, his total salary will be something like 3.5M. I expect he will something north of 6M next year, ~3M more versus the cap.

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December 30 2016, 01:56PM
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Cubro wrote:

6'0 190 lbs. Where do you see that he has size?

I compared him to Eberle and he is still an teenager.

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December 30 2016, 02:05PM
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Mr. McDavid wrote:

Unrelated.... Grab Mr Halak off of waivers. Congratulations Mr Brenson

Congrats Tyler, great to get you signed early. As for Halak, the only way I am doing this is if NYI takes Mark Fayne in return and even that is iffy as doing so would put Brossoit on hold for another year.

In saying this, most guys that hit the waiver of Halak's status have already been shopped, so the Oilers have probably already passed.

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#21 whateverhappenedtoearledwards
December 30 2016, 02:11PM
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Oliveoiler wrote:

Congrats to Tyler Benson, I think he'll be a good addition to the team eventually. As for Halak? It's a given that we need a decent back up goalie, but paying someone who is trending down far more than we are paying Talbot makes no sense. Look for another back up ASAP (if PC isn't already) as a playoff run means covering our asses. Relying on LB or Ellis right now wont cut it either. It's a big step between AHL and NHL. Any suggestions on open market goalies?

It will be interesting to see if there are any suggestions about who might be available. When I look at NHL teams goalies depth, no-one jumps out at me. We shouldn't be so quick to dismiss Halak. I would also say the most concerning threat to the Oil falling out of the playoff picture is the lack of a backup goaltender. If Talbot gets hurt the Oil are done. TM has no faith in the monster and LB's cameo last year was not good.

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December 30 2016, 03:53PM
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I think Halak is being dangled to the Dallas Stars. Lets see if they take the bait. Oh and welcome to the Oilers Tyler.

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December 30 2016, 04:22PM
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I live in Langley and go to giants games often. Watching benson develop and push harder after injuries has been a treat.

Benson plays all situations. Always the first over the boards for all important plays.

He has great first passing ability. The vision and patients with the puck is what separates him from all the players on the ice any game.

He needs to score goals more though. Like Connor he's always looking for the pass first...but he's wayyyyyy better than pouliot, which isn't saying much.

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December 30 2016, 05:04PM
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whateverhappenedtoearledwards wrote:

Thinking about Halak for the next year. The Oil are projected to have 4.5M cap space this year, so this year not an issue.

Next year the big add will be LD, probably something around +3M over his current. The other unknown is Russell, but if he does sign with the Oil I can't see it more than say 1M above current at most. The only expiring contract of any significance is Hendricks who at 1.8 is an expensive 4th liner and can likely be replaced for maybe 1M less. The Oil will also lose one contract to expansion, and if this is say Poulliot, that's considerable cap relief.

So the question is can the Oil afford 8.7M for two goalies next year, I think they can if they think Halak is the guy. Waiting for Willis' post asking the question about Halak specifically.

Do you not think that there may be some free agents next year who will not be available if the oil have 9 million tied up in goaltenders. Every year there is a plethora of back up goalies available and it is a question of picking the right one but at the right price. Spending 4 million to solve a situation that might never occur seems like a huge waste of assets.

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#25 916oiler
December 30 2016, 06:16PM
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Benson - McDavid - Puljujarvi

2018?

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#26 Mr. McDavid
December 30 2016, 09:25PM
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@baggedmilk

Mr Baggedmilk. Do you really want Mr Monster coming in after another Rollie the goalie situation. When Playoff come we need someone else In case. We do not want to be With out a chair when the music stops. Im just saying we had beter cover our bases , and im sure even Gustavin's Mom in not sure. Oilers 6- 1 tomorrow,McDavid 5 pts Art ross race is on. Conner wanted to let Mr Sidney catch Up . so There is no Asterix

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