Kraken Prospect Matty Beniers Makes an Impact In Beijing

The Kraken’s first ever draft pick Matty Beniers showcased his talents overseas in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are in full swing, including the men’s ice hockey tournament. Unfortunately, Team USA was eliminated, but not before Kraken prospect Matty Beniers got to show off his skill. While the tournament may not have gone the way Team USA had hoped, it still gave Kraken fans a chance to see a future member compete at a high level.

Beniers is currently a sophomore on a University of Michigan team that is expected to make a run to the Frozen Four. He’s recorded 16 goals and 20 assists, totaling 36 points in 28 games for an impressive 1.29 PPG. However, he joined 15 other college players with Team USA and went to compete at the 2022 Olympics.

In his four games, Beniers managed to score a goal and an assist but those numbers don’t show it all. For starters he averaged 19:59 of ice time as the team’s second line center. He also won 28 of his 55 faceoffs, providing consistency for his team in the circle. He was surprisingly left off the shootout lineup in the penultimate game for Team USA, but his coach David Quinn had great things to say when asked about his performance and answered as to why he wasn’t given a shot:

While he won’t join the Kraken for a while, fans should still be excited for Beniers. The Wolverines have four games left in the regular season and potentially five playoff games. Beniers has a chance to make his NHL debut sometime between March 7 and April 10 at the earliest.

He’s just the power forward that the Kraken have been needing. There’s no doubt that once he leaves the Wolverines he’ll have a spot waiting for him in Seattle.