Matt Benning
Matt Benning
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Benning, 25, noticeably regressed in 2018-19. A year removed from collecting 21 points in 73 games and averaging 17:17 of ice time along the way, Benning recorded just five goals and 12 assists in 2018-19 while seeing his playing time fall to 14:57. With Edmonton's top four defenseman all under contract, it'll be tough for Benning to work his way out of a third-pairing role this upcoming season, which is a reality that obviously limits his fantasy value. However, Benning's age makes him an attractive pick in dynasty formats. Leave him alone come draft day but keep an eye on how things shake out on the back end for Alberta's northernmost team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract extension with the Oilers in June of 2018.
Corrals assist
DEdmonton Oilers
November 8, 2019
Benning generated an assist and two hits in Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
ANALYSIS
Benning's point shot deflected off of Gaetan Haas and made its way behind Cory Schneider at 15:45 of the second period. Benning has been steady with five helpers and 37 hits in 18 games. Three of the defender's assists have come in his last four outings. Don't expect him to keep that pace up for long, especially while seeing only third-pairing minutes.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:08
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:33
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
17:17
0:53
0:32
2018–19
14:57
0:34
1:14
2019–20
14:08
0:01
0:33
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Naturally, Benning's offensive pace reached new heights as he earned an expanded role and garnered 17:17 of average ice time throughout his sophomore season. The hometown blueliner bested his rookie totals, posting 21 points, 149 hits and 82 blocked shots through 73 games. Edmonton rewarded the young skater with a two-year contract extension in July of 2018. For now, he is buried on the depth chart in Oil Country but the two-way player is worth monitoring in deep leagues amidst his maturing career.
Benning turned in a solid rookie year while serving as a third-pairing defender for Edmonton last season, tallying 15 points, a plus-8 rating and 111 hits across 62 contests. A modest offensive performer at Northeastern University before he made the jump directly to the NHL, the 2012 sixth-round pick doesn't possess much offensive upside, but he'll continue solidifying the back end of the Oilers’ blue line in 2017-18. Fantasy owners in formats that count hits and blocks may be the only one who get much utility out of him, though.
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Collects helper
DEdmonton Oilers
November 4, 2019
Benning recorded an assist, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
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Serves up helper
DEdmonton Oilers
November 3, 2019
Benning produced an assist, four PIM and two hits in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Penguins.
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Gets physical in loss
DEdmonton Oilers
October 29, 2019
Benning delivered five hits in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Red Wings.
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Eight game point-drought
DEdmonton Oilers
October 20, 2019
Benning has registered only 16 hits and eight blocked shots over his last eight games.
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Supplies pair of helpers
DEdmonton Oilers
October 3, 2019
Benning recorded two assists and went plus-3 in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Canucks.
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