Ben King – 2022 NHL Draft prospect profile

Ben King

2021-22 team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Date of birth: May 15, 2002
Birthplace: Vernon, BC, Canada
Height: 6 feet 3 inches Weight: 201 pounds
Shots: right
Position: Centre/Right winger
NHL Draft Eligibility: Eligible for third year in 2022

Rankings

Prior to joining the Red Deer Rebels in the 2019-20 season, Ben King was previously a first-round pick (13th overall) of the Swift Current Broncos in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Selected from the CSSHL’s Pursuit of Excellence U15 preparation program, he had 16 goals and 46 points in 22 games during his draft year. Clearly, the Broncos saw something in the then-14-year-old to make him a top-15 pick in this draft.

Unfortunately, King couldn’t really get started with the Broncos, as he finished his career with just nine goals and 34 points in 71 games before the 2019-20 start-of-season trade to the Rebels. Almost immediately, he found his legs again with his new team as he got off to a flying start, scoring one goal and four points in his first four games. By the end of the season, he had 16 goals and 38 points in 46 games and seemed to have found a home in Red Deer.

As we all know by now, the good times continued to roll in the shortened 2020-21 season when King recorded 12 goals and 28 points in 21 games, setting the stage for the historic season he had in 2021-22. . In fact, he did exactly what Rebels general manager and head coach Brian Sutter envisioned for him when he acquired him for a group of prospects in November 2019.

“Shaun (Sutter) and I felt at the time – we knew we were trading for a player who was hugely talented, a good-sized player and just needed to understand some things,” Sutter said. “He can shoot, he’s smart and he’s playing a good game from 200 feet now.”

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