Mac Bennett and Greg Pateryn are both Montreal Canadiens draft-picks currently playing defense for Michigan in the NCAA. Bennett is a good puck-mover with excellent mobility, while Pateryn is a bigger, stronger defenseman with surprisingly good wheels.
Bennett (number 37) and Pateryn (number 2) are also defense partners, and spend most minutes on the ice together. Bennett gets limited powerplay time, while both players are on the second penalty-killing unit.
Vs. Ferris State: January 14, 2011
Greg Pateryn (right-handed)
Pateryn had a strong game. His skating has improved, and now allows him to skate the puck out of trouble. Toronto's fifth round pick in 2008, Pateryn was acquired in a trade involving Mikhail Grabovski. His retrievals were solid; allowing him to come out of the corner with enough speed to beat the fore checker and set himself up for a easy first pass. The 6'3" 215 lbs d-man worked hard down-low and on the half-wall; winning 13 of 16 defensive-zone puck-battles.
Number 2 won 9 of 10 offensive-zone puck battles, and was able to get all 4 of his attempted point shots through to the net. He also won 6 of 8 neutral-zone puck-battles, but successfully carried, or dumped the puck into the offensive-zone only 50% of the time. If not for his 8 total give-aways in the defensive and neutral-zones, Pateryn would have scored a grade in the high 80's.
Mac Bennett (left-handed)
Bennett is very mobile. The Habs third round pick in 2009 wins many of his puck battles with speed and a good stick. He won 10 of 15 offensive-zone puck-battles, while getting both of his attempted point-shots through to the net. He skated himself into trouble on a couple of occasions in the defensive-zone; winning 6 of 10 defensive-zone puck-battles. The 5'11" 180 lbs d-man won 6 of 8 neutral-zone puck-battles, and successfully dumped the puck into the offensive-zone twice.
Bennett matched Pateryn's 4 neutral-zone give-aways, but evened out his 1 neutral-zone give-away with a neutral-zone take-away on the same shift. Bennett's speed allows him to cover lots of ice in the neutral-zone.
*Greg Pateryn (2)
*Mac Bennett (37)
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