On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins dumped a player they'd once hoped would mature into a top-six winger for one of their all-world centers. On Thursday, it was on to the next one.
Beau Bennett, a first-round pick in 2011, joined the team about a month after nearly making the roster out of training camp. He takes the spot of Eric Tangradi, a former top prospect who, after starting the season on Evgeni Malkin's wing, wound up a healthy scratch and eventually netted Pittsburgh a seventh-round draft pick from the Winnipeg Jets.
Bennett is the latest player to get an apparent shot in Pittsburgh's top six—we're talking over the course of several years, dating back to Nils Ekman and including such names as Colby Armstrong, Janne Pesonen, Erik Christensen, Miroslav Satan, Chris Bourque, Nick Johnson, Luca Caputi, Mike Comrie and Zach Boychuk. Save for Boychuk, a recent waiver-wire pickup, none of those players is with the team anymore—and now you can throw Tangradi's name on the pile.
Beau Bennett is Penguins' next shot at a top-6 winger
SportingNews.com | Feb 14