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Sam Bennett Shines in Kingston

Sam Bennett returned to play for the Kingston Frontenacs tonight. After months of not playing, he killed it. And made Flames fans that much more excited for his NHL debut, which can still happen this season.

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Looks like the Kingston Frontenacs are glad to have Sam Bennett back.

In his first hockey game since his shoulder surgery in October, Bennett did not disappoint, gathering 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points in a 7-3 win. One of those assists came on the powerplay, while the other points were at even strength. I guess his recovery went well.

His return came at a perfect time for the Frontenacs, as they sat in seventh place in the Eastern Conference of the OHL with 22-25-5-3 record and 52 points going into the game against the Belleville Bulls (who are three points ahead in sixth). They were two points ahead of the eighth place Peterborough Petes, and five points ahead of the ninth place Mississauga Steelheads.

They find themselves in the playoff race, despite missing Spencer Watson, Robert Polesello, and Lawson Crouse (a big name in the draft this year). The Frontenacs' leading scorer in Evan McEneny, a defencemen, with 37 points.

Just a reminder, last season Bennett racked up 91 points, including 36 goals. He also led the forwards with a plus-minus of +34, for what it's worth.

He may not get the best chance at further development in the OHL, but he's getting a chance to get back into the game with boys his own age/size. Let's not forget, he could still make a debut for the Adirondack or Calgary Flames this season, because, to be honest, that's where he wants to be. And when he finally gets the chance - man, he'll be exciting to watch.