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. Bennett was already out of action with a lower-body injury, but the mumps diagnosis is a depressing development for him and the Penguins, who were hunting for another talented winger before Pascal Dupuis was lost for six months with a blood clot. Mark Allan


December 2014 – If the talented winger could stay healthy, we would not still consider him a prospect. Already off to a slow start this season after an injury-related conditioning stint in the AHL, Bennett went on Pittsburgh’s IR for an anticipated two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 24. At the time, he remained on the third line with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie, although the Penguins were widely rumored to be on the hunt for an offensive winger even before Pascal Dupuis was lost for six months with a blood clot. Less-skilled wingers Nick Spaling and Blake Comeau continue to masquerade as top-six wingers (Comeau even had a hat trick Nov. 26 on a line with Evgeni Malkin). A job awaits Bennett with Malkin or Sidney Crosby – if he can avoid injuries. In seven games with Pittsburgh this season, Bennett has a goal and two assists, all from one game. Mark Allan


November 2014 – Scoreless in his first three games back from a five-game conditioning stint in the AHL, the skilled winger scored and added two assists Nov. 19 in a 4-0 win in Montreal. On a line with Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie, Bennett was named the game’s first star. His odds of regaining his role as a top-six forward soared when the Penguins announced that same day that winger