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NHL Power Rankings: Top 10 Western Conference Forwards

By Matt Barbato
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Jun 24, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jamie Benn talks to media after winning the Art Ross Trophy during the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2. Jamie Benn 

Talk about a slam dunk late in the draft. Benn, a fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft by Dallas, exceeded all expectations by a mile with his 2014-15 season. Benn recorded career highs in goals (35) and assists (52) to edge out John Tavares by one point for the Art Ross Trophy.

Many thought Benn’s 79-point season during the 2013-14 campaign would be about the plateau of his career totals, but he tore through those career highs and emerged as one of the NHL’s best players by finishing in the top 10 in both goals and assists last season.

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Benn’s partnership with Seguin has certainly helped his cause, as he has 166 points in two seasons with Seguin in Dallas.

The question now is what does Benn have in store for an encore? It’s hard to imagine him exceeding these career highs, but putting up consecutive 80-point seasons certainly isn’t out of the question. It is worth mentioning that Benn’s 13.8 shooting percentage was a career high by a full percentage point.

Benn is 26 and seems only to be getting better. He and Seguin should provide Central Division foes more than a handful for years to come.

Next: No. 1: Jonathan Toews

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