Tyler Benson, captain of the Vancouver Giants, already missed a chunk of his NHL draft-eligible season with an injury earlier in the 2015-16 campaign.
Now, he’ll miss even more time:
Standing at 6 feet even and 196 lbs, Benson – a native of Edmonton, Alberta – is in his second season of WHL hockey with the Giants ahead of a hopeful look from NHL clubs. He boasts only 28 points this year, but has also only been able to play in 30 games for the BC-based club; his 45 points in 62 games last season as a 16 year old left winger suggest that he’s got strong potential if he can stay healthy.
Missing the remainder of his spring campaign will likely have an effect on where Benson gets drafted this summer in Buffalo, although there’s the hope that it won’t affect him much; as a top-ranked prospect by TSN heading into the spring, an injury could cause him to slip more than he already has. TSN’s Draft Centre ranked Benson 14th in their November mock draft, but analyst Craig Button left him out of the top 15 altogether following the 2016 World Juniors; hopefully, this won’t derail his placement further.