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Flames sign first-round pick Bennett to entry-level deal

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7/25/2014 2:30:52 PM
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The Calgary Flames signed their first-round pick Sam Bennett to an entry-level contract on Friday.

Bennett, the fourth-overall pick in this year's NHL Draft, scored 36 goals and added 55 assists in 57 games with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs last season. His 91 points ranked ninth in the OHL.

"It is a surreal feeling," Bennett said in a statement. "It's a moment I've dreamed of since I was little and now I can officially say I'm part of the Flames organization. It's a huge honour in itself to be able to say that. I'm so happy."

Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in a release that the team will not rush Bennett on to the team's roster.

"The one thing I want to state clearly is there's no pressure here on Sam to jam him into the lineup," Treliving said. "My expectation, quite frankly, is I'm preparing myself for Sam to be a junior player this year. Sam's going to have to make the team and he's going to have to make a real compelling case to be here. If he does, good on him and good for us. Then he's earned his way onto the team."

The 18-year-old was named a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the OHL's most outstanding player.

Bennett is the 10th member of the 2014 draft class to sign.

Sam Bennett (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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