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Name : Mac Bennett
Date of Birth : March 25, 1991
Birth Place : Warwick, RI, USA
Junior Team : Hotchkiss School
Position : Defenseman
Shoots : Left Handed
Height : 6'0"



• Bennett, a junior assistant captain at Hotchkiss in 2008-09, finished with two goals and 11 points (2-9-11) in 15 games due to an injury shortened season.

• He will attend the University of Michigan in the fall of 2010.

• His dad, Jim, is a former Brown University All-Ivy League selection and was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the eighth round (133rd overall) of the 1977 draft.

• His grandfather is former Boston goaltender Harvey Bennett (1944-45) and his uncles, Curt and Harvey Bennett Jr. both played in the NHL. Curt was drafted in the second round (16th overall) by the Atlanta Flames in the 1968 draft, recording 334 points (152-182-334) in 580 NHL games. Harvey Jr. played 268 NHL games (44-46-90) with five different teams (Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Minnesota and St. Louis).



| Season | Team | League |GP|G|A|P|PIM|
|2008-2009|Hotchkiss School| HIGH-CT|15|2|9|11|10|

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MONTREAL -- The Canadiens kicked off their day by selecting Finnish centerman Joonas Nattinen at No. 65 overall.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder played in the Finnish Junior league last season where he had 38 points in 30 games, including 29 assists. The playmaking center from Jamsa, Finland is a well-rounded two-way player who suited up for his homeland at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa, where he had three points in six games and was the third best faceoff man in the tournament at 63 percent.

Nattinen becomes the fourth player to ever be selected 65th by the Canadiens and the first Finn nabbed by Montreal on Draft day since 2003, when Oskari Korpikari got the call at No. 217 overall. While it may be too soon to tell for Olivier Fortier who went 65th in 2007, no player chosen at this spot by Montreal has ever reached the NHL, with far from household names IIka Mikkola and Lee Brodeur being the other two players.

Next up for the Canadiens at No. 79 was Mac Bennett a blue line selection from Warwick, RI. The 6-foot rearguard posted 11 points in 15 games at Hotchkiss, a prep school in Connecticut in an injury-shortened season. Ranked 40th among North American skaters, Bennett vaulted 23 spots since the midterm rankings. He will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2010.

Now fully recovered from a sprain of his right MCL, Bennett is eager to continue his development.

“This summer I’ll just be working out a lot, trying to get bigger and stronger,” said Bennett. “ I’ll probably stay of the ice for a while and work as hard as I can off the ice.

“I don’t shy away from the physical part of the game, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a checker," added Bennett. "I’m more of an offensive defenseman, quarterback on the power play type of guy. If I have to hit or I have to fight, I can do that too.”

Bennett isn’t short on NHL bloodlines. His grandfather is former Bruins goaltender Harvey Bennett (1944-45) and his uncles, Curt and Harvey Bennett Jr. both played in the NHL. Curt was drafted by the Atlanta Flames and went on to suit up for 580 NHL games. Harvey Jr. played 268 NHL games with five different teams (Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Minnesota and St. Louis).

In the fourth round, Timmins and the Canadiens ventured back overseas, reaching out to explosive scoring Alexander Avtsyn of Moscow Dynamo. The 6-foot-2 right winger had a dominant season in Russia, piling up 56 goals and 110 points in 76 games.

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Mac Bennett has been chosen to play in the USHL All-Star Game Jan.26th, can't wait for this kid ti fill out and play for Montreal, if he's like his uncle's and plays defence. Forwards on other NHL teams have one tough hombre to deal with.GO Mac GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I see Mac Bennett acquitted himself well in the USHL All -Star game, his team won in overtime and he was a plus 2 for the game. He didn't have any points but was the highest plus-minus for the winning team. GO Mac GO!!!!!!!!!!!His idol hockey players are Matt Schneider and Mike Green, I think this guy is going to be a great pick for the Habs future.

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Mac Bennett will have a spot on the Wolverines defence as a freshman he will be competing with Jon Merrill from the USNTDP he was Jarred Tinordi's partner. Both are considered offensive defencemen, the competition between these players should have coach Red Berenson Happy as last season their defence was lacking a good pointman for the powerplay. The Wolverines should find themselves back in the running as one of the top teams again after being topped by Michigan State last season.

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Looking Forward to watching Mac Bennett today on the Big Ten network Michigan-Minnesota, also Greg Pateryn on defence both on Michigan playing for Red Berenson.Go Mac Go!

I wish Ohio State had some Habs prospecs, would give me an incentive to go to their games.

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After watching Mac's play yesterday,I was impressed the Habs have a good one in Bennett.The reason he has sat a couple of games is that the Wolverines have eight solid defencemen.Which is good considering their top forwards aren't as good as anticipated.That fact should increase Bennett's playing time later this season.

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Mac Bennett scored his 1st NCAA goal against Michigan State Spartan's,the 2nd time this season they shutout the Spartan's and 1st time ever in one season.Bennett's game is looking really good,skating,passing shooting and positional play are all good.The Habs picked a good quarterback and defensive defenceman in this youngster.

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Mac Bennett scored his 1st NCAA goal against Michigan State Spartan's,the 2nd time this season they shutout the Spartan's and 1st time ever in one season.Bennett's game is looking really good,skating,passing shooting and positional play are all good.The Habs picked a good quarterback and defensive defenceman in this youngster.

Michigan suspended two players yesterday Tristan Llewellyn defenceman and Jacob Fallon forward.The importance of this to Hab fans is that Mac Bennett an offensive defenceman with growing defensive prowess will now get more icetime in his freshman year.The Habs drafted Mac from Hotchkiss High School after an injury kept him out of the game for most of his draft year.This of course let him fall to the Habs in the 3rd round at the 79th pick,Mac is a really talented player whose bloodlines in the NHL go through three generations.I watched his uncles play and they were hardnosed don't screw with me types and good players.His grandfather was the goalie that had Maurice Richard score his 50th goal in 50 games and a very good goalie in that era.Bobby Orr is his agent and represents his interests with the Habs organization,he is going to turn some heads when he makes the NHL(Drafted in 2009)

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Mac Bennett and Greg Pateryn both Hab prospects that are on the defence of the Michigan Wolverines.Mac had three assists and a +5 and Greg had 1 goal and 2 assists and a +5 for the game last night against St.Lawrence University. Michigan won the game by a score of 10-3,their Captain Luke Glendenning had a hattrick he's a senior and hasn't been drafted.

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Mac Bennett and Greg Pateryn both Hab prospects that are on the defence of the Michigan Wolverines.Mac had three assists and a +5 and Greg had 1 goal and 2 assists and a +5 for the game last night against St.Lawrence University. Michigan won the game by a score of 10-3,their Captain Luke Glendenning had a hattrick he's a senior and hasn't been drafted.

How many more years is he eligible to play in Michigan?

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