BORN: Nov. 5, 2002, Hingham, Mass.
2020-21: Michigan POS: C
HT 6-1 WT: 174 SHOOTS: L
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES: No. 7
All the pieces you’ll want to learn about Beniers could be distilled from his utilization on the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, the place Group USA coach Nate Leaman counted on the pivot to take essential defensive-zone faceoffs while defending leads within the medal spherical. Consider: Beniers was the youngest participant on the roster, but he was instrumental within the People profitable gold.
Mobility, playmaking and want are among the many hallmarks of his recreation, and he’s heady and hardworking, too. “He performs the sport the proper approach,” stated one scout. “He performs quick, he’s on pucks, he has ability, and he could make a play. I believe the match helped him. We had an excellent guide on him from final 12 months’s NTDP, however this simply put a stamp on the sort of participant he’s.”
Beniers didn’t simply have an excellent couple of weeks in Edmonton – he was additionally wonderful as an NCAA freshman with Michigan, ending third in staff scoring. “Each coach goes to need to coach him,” stated one other scout. “He’s received that motor. We’ve identified Beniers for a few years, and generally that may work in opposition to a participant since you get fatigued, however I don’t suppose anybody has that with Matty.”