I have always been a fan of Jamie Benn. Always liked the player. Earlier this season, however, although still an excellent player, Benn did look to me like he'd added some weight, some muscle, but his legs hadn't quite caught up. He just wasn't quite as quick as he used to be.
After watching him in last night's game vs the San Jose Sharks, I think it's safe to say his legs have caught up. I used this analogy in my other fanpost, but he looked like a champion race horse, his legs churning with immense, controlled power. Maybe this statement doesn't hold much meaning at the moment because Brad Richards is clearly not back to 100% yet, but Jamie Benn put Richards to shame. He put Eriksson to shame. He put Thornton, Marleau, Heatley to shame. He was clearly the best player on the ice last night.
However, to play devil's advocate (and for the sake of the pole), one could say it is just one game, or a couple weeks that he's been on his tear.
So my two questions to all of you, is Jamie Benn, at 21 years of age, really as good as he displayed in last night's game? And what is his peak potential?
What is Jamie Benn's realistic potential?
The best all-around player in the NHL, a Pavel Datsyuk but with size, who scores many more goals, 50+ goals/110+ points/year on average and Selke candidate (10 votes)
A top 10 forward in the NHL, somewhere smack in between Crosby's and Parise's of the world, 40 goals and 90 points a year and very good defensively (64 votes)
A top line, point per game forward, top 25 in the league, 30-35 goals and 80-85 points per year, good defensively, as he is now (52 votes)
A top 4 forward on the average team ala Mike Ribeiro, 20-30 goals a year, but more of an assist man than a go-to goal scorer, 65-75 (max) points per year, good defensively (5 votes)
A quality 2nd line forward who will contribute at both ends of the ice, but who will not be a gamebreaker or go-to goal scorer, 55-70 points per season, average defensively (1 vote)
132 total votes