Pittsburgh Penguins’ injured forward Beau Bennett, whose been out of the lineup since Nov. 22 after having surgery on his hand/wrist, reportedly predicted he’d be re-instered in about a week and a half – according to the Pens’ Twitter handle.
Beau Bennett had his 1st full team practice tonight. Hopes to return in the next week and a half #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 10, 2014
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tweeted out that Bennett specifically stated that in 10 days would be logical for him to return.
Bennett says within 10 days a realistic target to play for #pens
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) March 10, 2014
Sunday night was Bennett’s first team practice in, well, quite some time. He skated on a fourth-line that included two other injured forwards, Chris Conner and Brian Gibbons – per the Pens’ Twitter handle.
#Pens practice lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Stempniak, Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, Pyatt-Sutter-Vitale, Glass-Goc-Adams, Conner-Bennett-Gibbons
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 9, 2014
Bennett, 22, was originally given a timetable of 8-10 weeks to return, however, following the Olympics, head coach Dan Bylsma relayed to the media that he suffered a setback, and would miss the next 3-4 weeks.
The setback was fed to the public on Feb. 25, so, another 10 days will put him a little over three weeks since.
Good news is, Bennett will be ready to return soon. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll return to his top-line slot alongside Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.
Bennett’s missed the last 40 games, and only performed in 12. In those 12 tilts, he’s collected three points (1G, 2A).