Matty Beniers Set to Make his NHL Debut


Matty Beniers, the Seattle Kraken’s first ever draft pick and second overall selection in 2021, will make his NHL debut against the Calgary Flames.

After an incredible season with the Michigan Wolverines, which was unfortunately cut short in the Frozen Four, Matty Beniers signed an Entry Level Contract with the Seattle Kraken. Just two days after signing, he will make his NHL debut against the Calgary Flames. According to sources, the 19-year-old pivot will be slotting in between Jordan Eberle and Ryan Donato.

There were a lot of expectations put on Beniers when he was selected as the first draft pick in Seattle Kraken history. In his post-draft season, he exceeded all expectations. He saw a lot of growth in his sophomore year with the Wolverines. He posted 43 points (20g, 23a) in 37 games, earning him a nomination as one of the Hobey Baker finalists.

His performance in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics showed more promising signs. His two points in four games may not seem outstanding, but his performance on the ice was solid.

Beniers became the team’s most trusted puck handler in their four game campaign. Despite his youth, Beniers was a key member of Team USA’s penalty kill and second power play units. His play driving and speed were a big part of his game.

Seattle Kraken Have the Utmost Confidence in Matty Beniers

These are the skills we only hope he brings to the Pacific North West. General Manager, Ron Francis, seems confident that Beniers can bring that and more. The Seattle Kraken only have 10 games left this season. As he stated in a recent press conference, this is an opportunity to get his feet wet before he jumps in full-time next season.

There may be some concerns that the Kraken don’t have the manpower to protect him this season. However, Beniers is confident he can show everyone why the Seattle Kraken picked him at number two.

Francis spoke very highly of Beniers and his relentless determination to put in the hard work and win. His character, leadership skills, and overall ability on the ice will be a nice addition to round out the team’s otherwise disappointing first NHL season.

The puck drops tonight against the Calgary Flames at 6:00 pm PST. Let’s go, Kraken!


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