I try not to use the first person personal in my articles unless necessary. It’s just how I was taught.
That said, I have to here. I can’t stand Jamie Benn. He has honestly risen to the level that Jeremy Roenick and Ed Belfour used to hold back in the day.
For me, he has surpassed anyone that played on the Detroit Red Wings in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. I just can’t stand the way he plays or that smug smile.
I think he is a cheap shot artist and a diver. In that aspect, he is Sidney Crosby without as much whining.
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My opinion on the man has gotten me into hot water in the past. There is even a petition, started by Dallas fans, to have me removed as a writer at the website I used to work at because I called Benn out for overreacting to draw a penalty.
Anyway, the problem is not that he comes off as a jerk to opposing fans. The problem is he is a really good player. Even worse, he owns the Blues right now.
In four games against the Blues in 2018-19, he had five goals. Benn has 10 points against the Blues over the last two seasons alone. That total goes up to 10 goals and 21 points if you include the last four seasons.
The Blues just have not found a way to shut this guy down and he smiles through the entire thing. You just wish they would smack him in the face, but you know they cannot since that would be a penalty.
Additionally, the guy is a load. At 6’2 and 210, he’s not the biggest guy in the league, but he’s built solid. He can muscle up in front of the net but also has the speed and hands to get into all the danger areas.
The Blues are going to have to figure out a way to stop him in this series, or at least slow him down.