After a stellar rookie campaign, forward Beau Bennett is set to play in the starting lineup full-time this upcoming season.
But where will he line up?
Playing alongside Evgeni Malkin on the second-line at times, Bennett saw most of his ice-time while skating on the third-line with center Brandon Sutter.
And despite speculation that he’ll be slotted on the second-line, Bennett is a registered right winger — so keeping him at his natural position for his sophomore year is probably in the Pens blueprint.
Which is why we will most likely see forward Jussi Jokinen play with Malkin and James Neal.
But still, head coach Dan Bylsma should strongly consider placing Bennett in the top-six.
It’ll all be based on where he feels the most comfortable; however, because the kid has got exceptional goal scoring ability, it’ll be hard to keep Bennett on the third-line.
The 21-year-old skated in 26 regular-season contests for the Pens and he logged 14 points (3G, 11A) while finishing with a solid plus-7 rating.
Along with those statistics, the 6’2″ California native scored a goal in his first ever playoff game, and he became the first Pens rookie to achieve that since Jordan Staal in 2007.
Bennett, who was Pittsburgh’s first-round selection (20th overall) in 2010, was selected for the AHL All-Star Classic and was named Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s rookie of the year for 2012-13.
The team has got a few decisions to make regarding their lineup — and more specifically their last two lines — but regardless on wherever Bennett ultimately slots, expect him to make an impact.
With the talent Pittsburgh already possesses — the sky is the limit for number-19.
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