Edmonton Sun-The Skinny: Drafted in the fifth round by Phoenix in 2006, Bendfeld didn’t sign with the Coyotes and re-entered the draft as a 20-year-old. He’s big and tough and likes to play that way (136 and 160 penalty minuutes over the last two seasons).
QUOTE: “He’s probably a few years away from handling that part (in the NHL).”
Edmonton Journal-The Leduc product had been drafted by Phoenix in 2006 but didn’t have a contract and ended up back in the draft.
In his fourth season with the WHL’s Tigers, he banked 160 penalty minutes and 25 points in 72 games.
“He’s tough,” Prendergast said.
“We thought maybe we could make a deal with (Phoenix) after the draft, but rather than fight with 29 other teams, we said let’s take him. We know him very well. He played for (Edmonton Oil Kings coach) Bob Green in Medicine Hat so we had a pretty good book on him and he’s probably a kid who can play for us in Springfield.”