The injuries to NHL players during training camp just seem to keep coming as Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Beau Bennett appears to be the latest victim. However, Bennett is no stranger to injuries and if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.
While skating with the Penguins today Bennett appeared to injury his left leg and needed help getting off the ice; He was not hit or knocked down but instead tried to make a move while skating with the puck and crumpled to the ice.
The Penguins drafted Bennett in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft 20th overall. Bennett should exciting promise, but since being drafted has never played more than 25 games in the NHL and not because he doesn’t have the talent. Injuries have sidelined the young forward time and time again, to the point where many are wondering about his durability.
By the sounds of the scene the injury screams ACL and that is really not what the Penguins nor Bennett need right now. With both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin battling injuries, the Penguins need healthy bodies at camp.
Bennett was in the midst of a solid camp with the Penguins and was expected to at the very least be a reliable top 9 forward for this upcoming season. He provides great depth to their group of forwards, something that has been missing in recent post-season playoff runs. However, in his two seasons with the Penguins he’s been able to play in just 29% of games because of injuries.
It’s a shame to see such a young and talented player hampered down with so many injuries, but the question becomes how long will the Penguins wait for Bennett to prove that he can have a positive affect on the team?