Edmonton Oilers: Can Tyler Benson Overcome Adversity to Make Impact

LANGLEY, BC - NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Benson #17 of the Vancouver Giants celebrates his goal against the Lethbridge Hurricanes during the second period of their WHL game at the Langley Events Centre on November 5, 2016 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)
LANGLEY, BC - NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Benson #17 of the Vancouver Giants celebrates his goal against the Lethbridge Hurricanes during the second period of their WHL game at the Langley Events Centre on November 5, 2016 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images) /
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The Edmonton Oilers have a top prospect in Tyler Benson, their 32nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. While he has put up solid numbers at the junior level and earned a three-year entry-level deal last December, he has struggled with ongoing injury issues.

Benson has been limited to just 63 games over the last two seasons with the Vancouver Giants, but still managed to put up 20 goals and 70 points. This past year, the 19-year-old captain dressed for 33 games and shined with 11 goals and 42 points.

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Despite his scoring ability and continued upside, Benson’s injury troubles are concerning. He has been in and out of the lineup with a number of ailments, and recently underwent sports hernia surgery in April. He did skate with the Oilers at their development camp in Jasper this summer and is looking to get back on track with his development.

Benson’s Road to the NHL

The 6-foot, 201-pound winger may be a bit on the smaller side but is a strong forward with a lot of skill. He has great hockey sense and offensive vision, as well as a strong, accurate shot that can make him a scoring threat at any level. In addition, he has the potential to carry his own line and serve as a leader, and with his offensive skill, he can find his open teammates and make solid plays.

However, Benson will have to work hard to overcome his injury troubles. With his back problems and proneness to ailments, it is hard to wonder how he will adapt to the NHL rough-and-tumble environment. In addition, he needs to work on his skating and will have to show that he can withstand the NHL.

Benson spoke to Oilers.com on his injury troubles earlier this offseason.

“It is frustrating, but it’s part of the game, I have to deal with it,” Benson said. “But I think once we’re past this, it’s going to be nice. I think we’re getting there, but we’re still working on it, for sure.”

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The Edmonton, Alberta native is expected to be healthy in time for training camp. There, he will look to not only impress, but get back on track.