Benning, who has played six of Edmonton's seven playoff games, had a team-leading six hits in Wednesday's win over Anaheim. Unfortunately, those six hits were all he managed in 14:30 of ice time, which was the lowest mark among team defensemen. With just two assists and four shots in six games, there are plenty of other rearguards better suited for fantasy purposes.
Benning dished out two assists in Thursday's Game 5 win over San Jose. Benning was Edmonton's second surprise difference maker on a night that saw David Desharnais pot the overtime winner. The 22-year-old blueliner came in with just two points in his previous 14 games combined and hadn't recorded a multi-point effort since Nov. 5, so don't get too excited. After all, Benning wasn't a particularly productive scorer in college hockey or this year's rookie campaign.
Benning will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Sharks. Benning's return to action won't impact many fantasy owners' lineups, as his negligible offensive output -- 14 points in 57 games this campaign -- keeps him from being a practical option in most formats. The 22-year-old blueliner is expected to skate with Darnell Nurse on the Oilers' bottom pairing against San Jose.
Benning is day-to-day with an undisclosed ailment, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 reports. Benning has had minimal offensive impact this season -- 14 points in 57 outings -- and is currently stuck in a 12-game pointless streak during which he had garnered a pair of helpers. In addition to his lack of offense, the 22-year-old has periodically been a healthy scratch, which means he can likely be kept out of lineups in all but the deepest of leagues.
Benning (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, ahead of a home game against the Blackhawks. It appears safe to follow suit and activate Benning in some of the deeper fantasy pools. The rookie has shown glimpses of two-way potential with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-4 rating over 41 games.
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