Sam Bennett makes NHL debut against Jets

Calgary’s Sam Bennett didn’t waste any time in his debut when he got his first career assists on this Michael Ferland goal.

The wait is over for Sam Bennett to make his NHL debut.

Bennett, 18, drew into the Flames lineup Saturday afternoon as Calgary finished off its regular season on the road against the Winnipeg Jets. And as you can see above, it only took him 33 seconds to record his first NHL point.

Bennett had been a healthy scratch the last three-straight games for the Flames after being recalled from the Ontario Hockey League on April 3.

Bennett suffered a shoulder injury during the pre-season that prevented him from making his Flames debut after they chose him fourth overall in last summer’s draft.

Once fully recovered, Calgary sent Bennett back to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs where he scored 11 goals and 24 points in 11 games. The Frontenacs were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the North Bay Battalion.

Bennett isn’t the only rookie that will make his debut on Saturday. Defencemen John Ramage and Brett Kulak will also play after being recalled on an emergency basis Friday from the American Hockey League. Ramage has 14 points and 77 penalty minutes in 53 games while Kulak has nine points in 22 games for the Adirondack Flames this season.

The Flames clinched a playoff spot on Thursday after downing the Los Angeles Kings. They’ll face the Vancouver Canucks in the first round.

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