With Pascal Dupuis out for the first month of the season and the same for Eric Fehr which the Penguins already had time to prepare for, unlike the Dupuis’ injury, the only thing settled on the third line is Nick Bonino at center.
It will likely be a revolving door at the wings with Beau Bennett, David PerronDaniel Sprong, and possibly Sergei Plotnikov if he struggles in the top-6.
The Dupuis injury is a great opportunity for Bennett who is in a make or break first half of the season as his value around the league is at an all-time low and the Penguins staff doesn’t have much confidence in him.
The Penguins don’t want to overuse Sprong and prefer at least early on for Sprong to play a 4th line role and get special teams work, then have his role increase. Bennett, though, will surely be on a short leash as was the case all last season.
Can Bennett find a way to expand his role and become a factor on the penalty kill?
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