First-round pick Sam Bennett signs three-year deal with Flames

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Calgary, AL, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames inked center Sam Bennett to a three-year, entry level contract. Bennett was selected 4th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The 20-year-old told the Flames’ website that the signing was a dream come true for him.

“It really is surreal. When I did finally put the pen to the paper it was an amazing feeling,” Bennett added.

Bennett played for the the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League last season, he played 57 games, had 36 goals and scored 91 points.

The Flames also re-signed center Joe Colborne and goaltender Joni Ortio.

Brad Treliving, the team’s new general manager, said that it was only a matter of time before signing Bennett.

“I think with Sam, obviously we were going to sign him,” Treliving added.

Although he told Bennett there would be no guarantees that the rookie will be making it to the final roster.

“The one thing I want to state clearly is there’s no pressure here on Sam to jam him into the lineup,” Treliving stated.

Treliving wants Bennett to earn his way to the team by being a great junior player this year.

“If he does, good on him and good for us. Then he’s earned his way onto the team,” he added.

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