Oct 5, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) carries the puck into the offensive zone against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Beau Bennett's Rehabbing, But He Must Be Patient

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a few players rehabilitating from offseason surgeries, and one of them is forward Beau Bennett.

Bennett, who underwent surgery in May on the same hand/wrist issue that wilted him last season, has been currently rehabbing in Pittsburgh, and is aiming to be ready by the start of training camp in September, according to Michelle Crechiolo of the Pens’ website.

The 22-year-old was given a timetable of four months for recovery, and although he’s shooting for a return in late September – which on Sept. 22 will be the full four months – Bennett is being more cautious about his rehab, per Crechiolo. And he should.

Here’s what Bennett had to say regarding his rehab, per Crechiolo:

“(My rehab is) just a lot of strength stuff. I had my first surgery in November, and basically from November to beginning of July I didn’t do any upper body other than my right arm because I was so hindered in that regard. It takes a while to build it up, but I think with gearing towards the season, Oct. 9, you’ve got about two months left, so I think I’m in a good spot to add a little strength there.”

Missing 50 games straight last season from when he had surgery on Nov. 23, Bennett only managed to suit up for 21 regular-season tilts, after suffering a setback in February during his recovery process. And then, in the playoffs, he was either scratched or benched for the Pens’ second-round Game 7, but because he had surgery again on May 22, it’s safe to assume he re-injured his hand/wrist during the postseason.

And it’s due to that injury plagued timeline that Bennett must take his time in returning. Here’s what he said regarding that certain circumstance:

“Playing it by ear right now. Every day it’s feeling a little bit better and we’re increasing a little bit in the weight training and on-ice stuff. It’s still early and I’m glad that I’m here early enough where I can really see where I’m at.”

Because Pittsburgh is so depleted at forward, and Bennett has had multiple hand/wrist ailments over the years dating back to his college days, he really needs to be patient and stick to his plan. Once the injury has completely healed, and there’s no pain whatsoever, by all means, grab a hockey stick and proceed your career.

There’s no rush. Remember, it’s the beginning of the season, not the playoffs. Now that Bennett has all the time in the world to get back to full health, he’s got to exercise his opportunity to do so.

The way it’s shaping up, Bennett’s looking like a lock to be Evgeni Malkin‘s winger, given his experience playing alongside the Russian dynamo, and a couple vacancies on the second-line since Jussi Jokinen and James Neal left. Pittsburgh’s going to need him big time this season.

So, please Mr. Bennett, slow and steady.

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