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Bennett Stars At USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 9:24 AM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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Bennett Stars At USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp
Penguins’ 2010 first-round draft pick Beau Bennett showcased a high skill level when he appeared at the team’s prospect development camp in mid-July. Bennett’s impressive showing this summer continued on Tuesday when the Gardena, California native helped the United States earn a 6-3 victory over Sweden during an exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Penguins' 2010 first-round draft pick Beau Bennett picked up two assists in a 6-3 Team USA victory on Tuesday. Credit - Getty Images
Bennett wasn’t the only Penguins’ prospect who contributed to the United States’ victory as defenseman Philip Samuelsson, a second-round pick in 2009, also suited up for the Americans.

The 18-year-old Bennett, who the Penguins drafted 20th overall in June, picked up the primary assists on two of the Americans’ four first-period tallies.

Bennett helped get Team USA on the board first when he set up Jason Zucker for a tally just 1:16 minutes into the contest to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.

Derek Forbort increased Team USA’s lead to 2-0 with a goal just 40 seconds later.

The Americans’ offensive barrage continued when Bennett notched his second assist of the period on his very next shift by setting up the first of two goals from Justin Faulk.

In addition to Bennett and Samuelsson, Pittsburgh continues to be well represented at Evaluation Camp as forward Brandon Saad (Gibsonia) and defensemen Stephen Johns (Wampum) and Patrick Wey (Mt. Lebanon) also comprise the 28-man Team USA roster.

2009 second-round draft pick Philip Samuelsson is one of 28 players on the Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp roster. Credit - Getty Images
The 28 participants at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship starting in late December in Buffalo, N.Y.

Evaluation Camp runs from August 2 through August 7 and is being held in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Americans will play four exhibition games over the course of the week against junior teams from Sweden and Finland.

The Americans return to action again on Wednesday as they take on Finland at 4 p.m.
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