Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Aaron Bendickson

(Photo by MJ Fleming)

I didn't pay much attention to Aaron Bendickson his freshman season. But he caught my eye right off the bat last season in Dayton at the Lefty McFadden, and I've really enjoyed watching him play ever since. So I was really happy to see him recently score his 1st 2 goals of the season.

After recording just 1 assist in his 1st 17 games this season, Bendickson has 3 points (2G, 1A) in his last 3 games.

Last week, Tyler Mason of the Badger Herald had a nice article about Bendickson and his current linemates, John Mitchell and Ben Grotting.

“I think with the success has come confidence,” Eaves said of Bendickson. “That’s a big thing for any athlete, and it’s no different for [Aaron]. I think the confidence has allowed him to stay on top of his game and be more consistent with that high level of play.”

In moving up to the third line, the smaller, quicker Bendickson has brought an element not seen in Mitchell or Grotting’s games.

“What Aaron’s brought is when we get the puck in, he’s able to shift in and out of small areas,” Grotting said. “He’s really good with the puck. He’s able to find us in the offensive zone, and John’s able to put the puck in the net. We’ve been having a lot of success.”

I hope to see Bendickson score a few more goals this weekend.