Beau Bennett
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Beau Bennett

Hometown:

Gardena California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-11-27

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (19th overall), 2010

Weight:

207 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Beau Bennett played for the Los Angeles Junior Kings.

2009-10: Played for the Penicton Vees of the BCHL.  In 56 games for the Vees, Bennett scored 41 goals and added 79 assists for 120 points, which placed him atop the BCHL scoring statistics.  25 of his goals came on the power play.  In 15 playoff games, Bennett scored 5 goals and added 9 assists for 14 points. Was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 19th overall.

2010-11: In his freshman season with DU Bennett started the season slowly, going pointless in his first six games. He eventually found a groove and produced at roughly a point-per-game clip before sustaining an awkward looking knee injury on December 3rd. Bennett would return six weeks later and pick up where he left off, finishing the season with 9 goals and 16 assists through 37 games, all while seeing only limited powerplay time.

2011-12: Bennett experienced a severe wrist injury in October, limiting him to only 10 games in his sophomore season at Denver. In those 10 games he did manage 13 points, but he was unable to play through the pain and in December, underwent surgery to repair the damage. On April 13th, Bennett signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Penguins, foregoing his final two years of college hockey.

2012-13: Bennett was called up by Pittsburgh in February and played 26 regular season games and six playoff contests for the Penguins in his first pro season. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was +7 with 6 penalty minutes during the regular season; averaging 12:18 minutes of ice time. Bennett appeared in the first three games of the first round series against the Islanders then sat out six games before returning for Game 4 against Ottawa. He played the final two games in the Conference Finals series against Boston; finishing +2 with 1 goal in six playoff games. Skating in the AHL prior his call up he scored 7 goals with 21 assists in 39 games with Wilkes-Barre Scranton and was -6 with 18 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Injuries limited Bennett to 21 regular season games and 12 playoff contests with the Penguins in his second pro season. Slowed by a lower-body injury early in the year he  skated in 13 games before suffering a wrist injury in November that required surgery; returning to the Penguins in March after playing three games with Penguins AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bennett scored 3 goals with 4 assists in 21 regular season games and was -2 with no penalties; averaging 13:50 minutes of ice time. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In three AHL games he had an even plus/minus and one assist.   

Talent Analysis

Bennett is an offensively creative winger who is most effective when the puck is on his stick. He has the ability to carry the puck up ice, run the powerplay from the half-boards, play the point, and possesses a hard and accurate repertoire of shots. He is adept at creating open ice. His speed is only average but he is a skilled stickhandler with the ability to create space and has a quick release when shooting or passing. Bennett is good defensively and can be used in any situation and anywhere in the lineup. He oozes confidence, especially with the puck on his stick, and always seems to be involved in the play when he is on the ice.

Future

Bennett is in the third season of his pro career in 2014-15 and has once again been hampered by the hard luck that has characterized the two previous seasons. A wrist injury prevented him from making his regular season debut until November and after skating in seven games he suffered a knee injury that again caused him to miss time. Bennett was also one of the Penguins players to contract the mumps. Despite the setbacks he has experienced early in his pro career Bennett's talent level and hockey instincts suggest he can be a consistent offensive force in the future.

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