Saturday, September 13, 2008

Men's Player Previews: #13 Aaron Bendickson

Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Junior
Shoots Right
Height: 5-11
Weight: 173
Hometown: Thief River Falls, MN
Previous Team: Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) in 05/06

NHL Considerations: None at this time.

07/08 Stats: 37 games, 6-4-10, -2, 4 PIM
06/07 Stats: 34 games, 0-3-3, -3, 4 PIM

08/09 Role: 4th EV Line (to start the season), PK

07/08 Recap: Aaron spent the majority of the season anchoring the 4th line and contributing on the penalty kill. I think he briefly was part of the Street/Turris/Revolving RW Door that didn't work out very well in the 1st half of the season. Aaron first came to my attention during 05/06. I noticed him because as the team struggled during a large part of that season, I noticed some Badgers not giving it their all on every shift, the exception was Aaron. He really busts his ass out on the ice and makes the most of the minutes he gets. One of his strengths is his speed, which helps him get places before opponents. He showed a lot of speed and hustle again last season.

08/09 Thoughts: I expect a little more out of Aaron this season. In my junior class preview, I had Aaron as my breakout player, scoring wise, and I certainly hope that occurs. I would guess that Aaron will start the season on the 4th line again, but maybe not. Its readily possible he bumps up to a scoring line at some point this season if his play progress. If not, I'm sure he'll continue to make the most of his ice time and be a key part of the PK.

Prediction: 34 games, 10-8-18

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