Jamie Benn’s enormous eight-year contract extension with the Stars was the biggest news Friday, but it wasn’t the only news concerning the Dallas captain. Earlier in the day, the Stars announced that Benn had gone under the knife to repair a “core muscle injury” that could see him sidelined from the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
With Benn potentially on the shelf for the tournament, Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong will have to get to work on preparing for the worst-case scenario: a Canadian squad that won’t include one of the game’s best scorers.
Benn, 26, is the second-highest scoring player over the past three seasons, behind only Canadian teammate Sidney Crosby, and without Benn in the lineup Canada is going to have a massive hole to fill on the wing. And though it’s no certainty that Benn will miss the tournament — he’s to be reevaluated in six weeks, at which point the Stars will determine his status for the World Cup — Armstrong’s best bet is to have a list of names prepared should he need to replace Benn on the wing.
Here are five players Armstrong should consider: Read more