The Canadiens had to wait a while, but they now have defenceman Mac Bennett under contract. Bennet was selected in the third round of the 2009 draft but opted to go to the University of Michigan for four years before signing his two year entry level deal with the Habs.
Bennett graduated from Michigan this month after majoring in musicology at the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts.
He was captain of the Michigan Wolverines this past season and was named to the All-Big Ten Second All-Star team. Earlier in his college career his defense partner at Michigan was Greg Pateryn, now part of the Hamilton Bulldogs talented defence corps.
Bennett has hockey bloodlines. His grandfather is former NHL goaltender Harvey Bennett, his uncle is former NHL forward Curt Bennett and his father Jim was a Brown University All-Ivy League selection.
The 2009 draft iis not one of the high points of Trevor Timmins scouting career. Bennett becomes only the fourth of his selections currently under Canadiens contract including first round draft pick Louis Leblanc, centre Joonas Nattinen who was taken in the third round.and 5th round selection Gabriel Dumont.. At this time only Dumont appears close to nailing down a permanent NHL job.
Bennett is the second college graduate to join the Canadiens organization Wednesday. Earlier in the day they announced the signing of University of New Hampshire graduate Nick Sorkin to a professional tryout contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Sorkin played centre and wing at New Hampshire.
From Canadiens Communications
The 23-year-old had two goals and 12 assists in 31 games for the University of Michigan Wolverines this season and was named to the All Big Ten second team.
In 136 career games at Michigan, the six foot 196 pound Bennett had 14 goals and 51 assists.
The Narragansett, R.I. native was selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft