Marc Bergevin, general manager of the Montreal Canadiens announced this afternoon that Mac Bennett was signed to a two year entry level deal by the team.
Bennett was drafted by the Canadiens 79th overall in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He played Division I College hockey the past four seasons with the University of Michigan, losing in overtime in the National Championship game to Minnesota Duluth in his Freshman season.
Bennett is listed at 6’0” tall and weighing 195 pounds and is described as a two way defender who can make a good pass, skates well and is solid defensively. He is not going to step in and be a top pairing guy right away, but he plays a simple, mistake free game at the College level.
Bennett scored 14 points in 31 games with Michigan this season, but the team was upset by Penn State in the Big-10 playoffs, and eliminated last Thursday. In his four year College career, Bennett suited up for 136 games and registered 14 goals and 51 assists for 65 points.
Bennett was a teammate of current Hamilton Bulldog Greg Pateryn for two seasons in Michigan, and it would make sense to start the former teammates as partners, and see what the newest Bulldog can do in his professional debut.
The Bulldogs also announced today they have signed Nick Sorkin to a professional tryout contract. The 6’3”, 190 pound winger just finished his College career with the University of New Hampshire scoring 41 points in 41 games this season.
Bennett and Sorkin will join the Bulldogs as they begin a lengthy road trip in San Antonio, Texas on Friday night. Hamilton can use all the reinforcement they can find as they sit nine points outside of the playoff race in the AHL’s Western Conference, and have just 11 games left to make up the difference.