Matty Beniers Continues to Make His Case For the Calder Trophy

When the Seattle Kraken made Matty Beniers their first draft selection in team history, they knew they were getting a big skilled center that would be the future and face of the franchise. At only 20 years old, he hasn’t disappointed yet.

The 20-year-old Hingham, MA native played his college hockey at the University of Michigan, where he played two seasons. Suiting up for big blue, he tallied 30 goals and 67 points across 61 games. His talent and leadership were evident from the very beginning, as in only his sophomore year, he was chosen as an alternate captain.

At the conclusion of his sophomore season last year, he jumped to the NHL, where he got his feet wet at the next level. In just a small sample size, he proved he belonged in the league and was going to be a star for years to come. In just ten games, he produced for the Kraken, as he scored three goals and finished with nine points, just slightly under a point per game.

Heading into this season, all eyes were on Beniers as he entered his rookie season as a Calder Trophy favorite. Through 37 games, he has been impressive as he leads all rookie skaters with 28 points. He is also first among rookies with 13 goals and third in assists with 15. He is on pace to finish his rookie season with 29 goals and 62 points as he continues to be a major reason for the Krakens’ success early on.

The Kraken are currently third in the Pacific Division with 46 points and a 21-12-4 record. This is a much different trend than their inaugural season last year, in which they finished 27-49-6 and came in last place in the division. It has been a surprising turn of events for the city of Seattle, but one fans are happy to continue to watch. This is a fun young team led by Beniers that, with a strong second half, will make the playoffs for the first time.

For those that are interested in betting, Matty Beniers is currently +180 odds to win the Calder Memorial Trophy.

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