Sam Bennett had to wonder if it was the beginning of the end of his time in Calgary.
So he asked.
Beginning a contract year with a new coaching staff and plenty of competition at his position, his opening night assignment amounted to a tad shy of nine minutes.
Three nights later it was down to 7:01 as a resident of the fourth line.
“Those were the lowest ice times I’ve ever had in my life,” said Bennett of an early-October assignment unbecoming of a fourth overall pick four years earlier.
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I knew it wouldn’t stay like that – it was just a matter of battling through and waiting for my chance.”
Still, as optimistic as Bennett has always been, he questioned whether it was a sign of things to come.
“I wasn’t sure at first, but I went and talked to them about it to see and I think I’m happy the way it’s gone now for me.”
Fast-forward a week and Bennett is riding high as one of the game stars in the Flames’ dramatic 3-2 overtime win Saturday in Colorado.
Capping off a three-game roadie in which Bennett emerged as one of the Flames best players, the left winger displayed exactly why management has wasted very little time debating a possible trade.