Photo: Beau Bennett is ready to break out after getting into injury trouble in each of his last five seasons. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)
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Photo: Manchester Monarchs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is tied for third in scoring in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs with five goals and three assists in six games (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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With six picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted four offensively gifted forwards and two defensemen with size. All are scheduled to play in either the Canadian major junior circuit or NCAA.
Beau Bennett, RW – Penticton (BCHL)
Drafted: 1st Round, 20th Overall
Height: 6’1 Weight: 172 lbs
As the highest drafted California born-and-trained player in NHL history, Beau Bennett was among the more popular people to talk to at the draft.
“It’s unbelievable,” Bennett said to the general media, “Just having friends and family here is an unreal experience. It also shows that hockey interest is growing in California. It’s coming west and it’s been fun.”
Bennett fills an organizational need as a dynamic forward who could compliment Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. The 18-year-old forward was in fact so coveted by the organization, they attempted to trade up in the draft to secure his rights. Bennett was candid on what he brings to the Penguins organization.