CALGARY - The Calgary Flames prospect that Todd Gill knows best is one of the guys he is guaranteed not to be coaching next season.
Gill, a longtime NHL blueliner who was hired Monday as the assistant bench boss for the Flames’ farm club, has worked with fourth-overall selection Sam Bennett for the past two campaigns with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs.
Thing is, Bennett isn’t eligible to be assigned to the AHL’s Adirondack Flames this winter — it’s either stick with big club or head back to junior for the 18-year-old centre.
“You’ve got yourself an excellent hockey player,” Gill said of Bennett. “He has a pitbull type of attitude. He’s very gifted offensively. He can play a finesse game. He can play a go-through-you type of game.