Sherwood Park, AB: Both Carter Savoie and Michael Benning have been ranked on the NHL Central Scouting?s final rankings ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Savoie was ranked the highest out of the two at 50th amongst North American skaters with Benning right behind him at 57th.
Carter Savoie hit the 53 goal mark in the 2020 season making him the first Crusader to hit milestone since Andrew Luciuk in 1995. Along with those 53 goals, the St Albert product contributed with 46 assists to take his point tally to 99 points in 54 games. Savoie was also a member of the AJHL Selects that went to Sochi, Russia, over the summer, Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC, and played in the CJHL Top Prospects game in Hamilton, Ontario.
?On the blue line, Michael Benning was was named the league?s Outstanding Defenceman on February 27th. He became the first Crusader to win the award since Josh Healey in 2013. In his second season in Sherwood Park, Benning finished with a staggering 75 points (12 goals, 63 assists) in 54 games making him the highest-scoring defenceman in the league. Those 75 points were the most by a defenceman since 2018 when Dennis Cesena of the Brooks Bandits did it in 60 games. He is now tied alongside Cesena, Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits), and Keith Brown (Fort Saskatchewan Traders) for tenth all time. Benning was also a member of Team Canada West, the AJHL Selects, and the CJHL Top Prospects.
The two of them were also named to the Viterra North All-League team.
The organization would like to congratulate Carter, Michael and their families on this accomplishment.