Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 30, 2011

Man of the Day 7/30: Beau Bennett

Beau Bennett

Born November 27, 1991 (age 19) in Gardena, California, USA

Forward for the Denver Pioneers (WCHA) and prospect for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Bennett is our second prospect Man of the Day! In that photo there, he is playing for the Penticton Vees (Kris, you thought the Peterborough Petes was bad?) in the British Columbia Hockey League. He started with them in 2008 and played on their top line, even as a rookie. He played right wing on that line, but discovered he does well as a center too after he was switched into that position following some injuries. He’s also had a very memorable playoff game moment in the BCHL’s Interior Conference finals: basically, he made a backhand pass through his skates to his captain, a pass that the opposing goalie didn’t see, so the captain then set up a fantastic wraparound goal to end that particular game, which had gone into triple overtime. He won the BCHL Rookie of the Year and Brett Hull Trophy (awarded to the league’s top scorer) in 2009-10, then became eligible for the NHL draft.

And guess what? He was drafted indeed!

When he was drafted 20th overall by the Penguins in 2010, he became the highest-drafted California-born player to date. However, he’s elected to do at least one year of college, playing on the Pioneers squad at the University of Denver. He played 37 games there in 2010-11, scoring 9 goals and 16 assists, spending 18 minutes in the sin bin. Since he only has one other play year on record, the prior one, let’s talk about that too: 56 games played, 41 goals, 79 assists and 18 penalty minutes.

It sounds like this guy could be a pretty good asset for the Penguins in the future. I like that he’s sharpening his skills–and getting his education on too–in the college level. Someday soon, he’ll probably go up to at least the Baby Pens, if not the big show.

I'm sure they'll appreciate a talented guy like this no matter what level he's at for 2011-12!


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