Sam Bennett signed a four-year contract with the Florida Panthers on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Sam’s impact on our club last season was felt immediately, injecting physique, skill and energy into our roster,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said. “We are delighted to have him in our Panthers roster and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season. “
Bennett scored five points (one goal, four assists) in five games in a six-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup first round, although he was suspended for Game 2 by the Department of the safety of NHL players for boarding the Lightning Blake Coleman.
Selected by Calgary with the 4th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Bennett scored 155 points (73 goals, 82 assists) in 412 regular season games for the Panthers and Flames and 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 35 Stanley Cup Playoff Games.
Effronté Sam Reinhart was traded to the Panthers by the Buffalo Sabers on July 24, giving Florida three of the top four picks in the 2014 NHL Draft: Reinhart (No. 2, Sabers), Bennett and defenseman Aaron Ekblad (No. 1). Three other Panthers have been chosen in the top 10: forwards Alexandre Barkov (N° 2, 2013), Jonathan huberdeau (No. 3, 2011) et Owen Tippett (No 10, 2017).