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The Calgary Flames should claim Beau Bennett off waivers

September 27, 2017, 1:01 PM ET [40 Comments]
Todd Cordell
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The Calgary Flames don't have many holes on their roster but there are a few. The biggest of which is on the right side of the 3rd line alongside Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg.

It just so happens there's a player available on waivers who is fully capable of filling that vacancy: Beau Bennett.

Beyond having two Bennetts on the same line, and causing broadcasters nightmares, there is a legitimate case to claim him.

He was one of the lone bright spots on the Devils last season as they were actually competent and competitive with him on the ice. Take a look at how they fared in several key metrics with Bennett compared to without him.

The Devils out-possessed and out-chanced opposing teams by a decent margin with Bennett and, while they were still (slightly) out-scored, their 5v5 Goals For% was similar to Boston's while it was worse than every team except Colorado's without Bennett.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Bennett's 2016-17 campaign is that he logged at least 75 minutes of ice with 16 players and every single one of them posted a Corsi For% *at least* 3% higher with Bennett than without him.

While Bennett is not a big scorer, he is still a useful contributor offensively. Last season he produced at a 25-point pace on an 82-game basis and averaged 5v5 points per 60 minutes than the likes of Teuvo Teravainen, Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, Wayne Simmonds and Dylan Larkin, among others, despite playing for a lower scoring team with lesser linemates and a defense behind him that struggled immensely to move the puck. One would think he could offer a little more with the supporting cast he'd have in Calgary.

Given the Flames' lack of depth on the wing -- Spencer Foo isn't ready, Curtis Lazar isn't good, and players on tryouts like Joseph Cramarossa and Tanner wouldn't solve anything -- I think Bennett would be a worthwhile pickup.

We'll find out tomorrow if the Flames feel the same way.

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