Beau Bennett, the Pens' first round pick in 2010 (20th overall) is expected to make his NHL debut Friday night in Winnipeg. What should we expect?
According to his Wikipedia page, Bennett had 38 points (13 goals) in 47 career games at the University of Denver. He missed time in both his freshman and sophomore seasons with injuries. He has 25 points (7 goals) in 35 games with the Baby Pens this year. He was selected to the AHL All-Star game, but missed it with an injury.
In other words, he hasn't exactly been tearing it up statistically.
But ... he is a 6'1", 200 lb winger drafted in the first round, meaning he fits the description of someone who should be (who we desperately want to be) good. Maybe he has the right skill set and hockey sense to blossom with Crosby or Malkin as his center. Or maybe he's Eric Tangradi.
Our official expectation: Optimistic, but tempered.
Nevertheless, I commend the move to give him a shot now because even though he's only 21, he's either good or he isn't. Hockey is a young man's game. By 21, you should be able to tell whether he's going to be legit.
|Legit at 21.|