Penguins Recall Forward Beau Bennett

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 10:30 AM Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Beau Bennett from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Bennett, 21, will be looking to make his NHL debut on Friday night at Winnipeg. The rookie forward placed second on WBS with 18 assists and fourth with 25 points in 35 games this season. Last month, he was chosen to represent the Penguins at the AHL All-Star Classic, although he didn’t play in the game due to injury.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward attended NHL training camp with the Penguins in January, but was returned to WBS just prior to the start of the season.

Bennett, who became the highest-drafted California-born player when the Penguins made him the 20th-overall selection in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, played two seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 2010-12, tallying 13 goals, 25 assists and 38 points in 47 games. Last season, Bennett was averaging better than a point per game for Denver before he was sidelined due to injury.

Bennett, who is a native of Gardena, California, tied for the league lead in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with 120 points (41G-79A) in 56 games with the Penticton Vees during the 2009-10 season.

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