Nov 13, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) is congratulated after scoring a goal by right wing Beau Bennett (right) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bennett, Connor Skate; Are They Not Quite Ready Yet?


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forwards Beau Bennett and Chris Connor reportedly skated on their own before practice on Monday – according to the Pens’ Twitter handle.

Bennett has missed the last 35 games with a hand/wrist injury he suffered back on Nov. 22, and Connor has been out since Dec. 31 with a hand injury.

Bennett’s original timetable for recovery was 8-10 weeks, and he is now amidst his 14th week. For me, I was expecting him to be ready once play resumed on Feb. 27 for Pittsburgh, however, considering he’s just skating by his lonesome, it’s difficult to speculate when he’ll be back now.

Bennett’s health has been troublesome for Pittsburgh, but hopefully he can come back in tip-top shape, looking to contribute crucially for the Pens’ top-line.

In 12 games this season, Bennett’s registered just three points (1G, 2A).

Connor was given a timetable of 6-8 weeks for healing, after he had surgery. He may require more time to heal, although, he is amidst his 8th week, so it’s possible he could return soon.

However, once he is healthy, there’s a good chance, to me, that he gets re-assigned due to the depth.

In 19 contests, Connor has compiled five points (4G, 1A) and skated to a minus-3 rating.

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