LA Kings Draft: Matthew Beniers 2021 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

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Beniers didn’t let the moment of playing on a highly-touted Michigan team or the bright lights of the World Juniors get to him. If anything, he embraced it while exuding confidence in all facets of his game. He’s so good at carrying the puck through all three zones.

He plays a complete 200-foot game, with a memorable backcheck in Team USA’s attacking zone against Team Austria to keep the puck alive. Aside from his speed and offensive capabilities from an individual perspective, Beniers is so good at getting his teammates involved with nifty passing skills and good vision.

He was used on the powerplay, penalty kill, and while the points weren’t up there with Trevor Zegras or Arthur Kaliyev, Beniers was one of the most important players for Nate Leaman’s club. If he blossoms into a perennial 35-45 point producer at the NHL level, the Kings would welcome that with open arms.

He developed under Reign head coach John Wroblewski at the USNTDP, so there is obviously some familiarity there. The Kings took Brock Faber last year, who also developed under Wrobo. Will they do the same with Beniers if given the opportunity?