Beau Bennett

Mark Allan





Beau Bennett, W

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1991-11-27

Hometown: Gardena, CA

Drafted 2010 by Pittsburgh, 20th overall









March 2015 – Still only 23, the skilled winger is not earning many points either on Pittsburgh scoresheets or with the Penguins’ braintrust. Injuries and uninspired play have conspired to leave Bennett with just three goals and seven assists in 39 NHL games. He’s been eclipsed on the depth chart by imports Patric Hornqvist, David Perron and even lesser lights such as Blake Comeau and Nick Spaling – and this with a season-ending to Pascal Dupuis creating an opening. It’s conceivable that Bennett could even be benched or demoted in favour of other young players on the playoff roster. Mark Allan


January 2015 – Bumped up from the third line to the second, the young forward is playing with Evgeni Malkin and Nick Spaling. Although he got 1:28 of power-play time Jan. 18 in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers, Bennett went pointless and played a total of just 14:52. That, and the impending return of fellow right winger Patric Hornqvist from an injury, isn’t encouraging. Bennett, noticeably playing with grit and intensity, will get playing time somewhere even if it means dipping back down to a line centered by Brandon Sutter. As ever, Bennett must stay healthy to realize his potential. After 15 games, he had only two goals and five assists, including a Jan. 7 score assisted by Malkin. Mark Allan


December 2014 – Already recuperating from a knee injury, then beset by mumps, the talented if unlucky young winger skated Dec. 28 with his Pittsburgh teammates for a second straight day.  Considered day to day after missing 14 games, Bennett would be welcomed with open arms by the Pens, who had a ridiculous and most unlucky 13 players on the official injury list as of Dec. 28. With Patric Hornqvist listed as week to week, Bennett has a shot at flanking Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Head coach Mike Johnston said, though, the Penguins will not rush Bennett back.  Mark Allan


December 2014 – To cite bluesman Albert King, if Bennett didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. The winger’s promising NHL career has been repeatedly sidetracked by injury, and he’s only 23. Now he’s become the 15th victim of a mumps outbreak in the NHL that made superstar teammate Sidney Crosby’s right cheek look like he had enough nuts in it to sustain a squirrel for an entire NHL season.