The Penguins just announced that winger Beau Bennett has officially been called up to Pittsburgh. Bennett is expected to practice with the team today and travel with them to Winnipeg where he will be looking to make his NHL debut.
Bennett arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday to be evaluated by the Penguins team doctors as he’s been dealing with a lower body injury and with his health checking out, he will now become the latest player to audition on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Bennett, 21, had 7 goals and 18 assists in 35 games for Wilkes Barre/Scranton. The strength of his game right now is his vision and playmaking ability, where he should be a factor in finding skilled players in space.
Bennett see’s the ice at a high level and could also be a welcome addition to the power play, giving the Penguins a right handed shot on the left side.
Some have questioned whether Bennett is NHL ready as he’s progressed faster than the Penguins thought he would, and we’re going to find out that answer.
The Penguins active roster is now at 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.