Beau Bennett is among 38 attendees of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins training camp this weekend and is poised to make the roster of the AHL team.
While Bennett has spent his two years at the University of Denver occasionally on the sidelines after injuries, what he has shown when he plays at the collegiate level makes him an obvious choice for the WBS Penguins. He scored 10 points in 17 games his first season before a right knee injury then finished the season with 15 points. He then had 13 points in 10 games his second season.
After his second season, Bennett signed a three-year entry level deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins and could have made the NHL after the Penguins lost depth and men in their front lines. However, the lockout happened and it could be a while before Bennett skates with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While the NHL continues to lockout, Bennett will show his poise on the ice in Wilkes-Barre among other near NHLers and play against youngsters like himself who have already played in the NHL like Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers who were assigned to the AHL by their respective teams.
Bennett’s time in Wilkes-Barre will help him grow and prepare him for the road ahead in the NHL. He will be an interesting one to watch this season no matter where he ends up and will be will one day be amazing to watch on NHL ice.