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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bylsma should dress Bennett for the Playoffs by @knucklepucker

   By Corey Trojanowski, @knucklepucker


Head Coach Dan Bylsma has his ways when it comes to deciding who is playing vs. who is a healthy scratch. He has his favorites. He has his role guys who dress in certain situations. He has his reasons.

Despite his reasons, he has is a future NHL star who has already shown the skill, speed and maturity of a veteran player--having only played 25 games this season. Right winger Beau Bennett has exhibited more of a reason Disco should choose to dress him than let him waste away in the press box.

Bennett does the right things to help his team. He finds the open lanes to make passes. He gets back to help on defense. He doesn't mind throwing the body around either. And he has a heck of a knack for getting to the net and creating scoring opportunities.

In his 25 games this season, Bennett has put up some strong numbers. 14 points (3G, 11A) with two of those goals sealing the deal as game winners. Those are better stats than regular starters Tyler Kennedy's 11 points (6G, 5A) and Tanner Glass's 2 points (1G, 1A). Sure, line mates help, but you can't say Kennedy hasn't had his fair share of superstars to skate with on his line. And sure, the fourth line isn't filling the net with pucks. But that's a lot of scoring help from a rookie you can't overlook.

He doesn't let emotion get the best of him, spending only 6:00 in the sin bin. This team has a history of loosing their cool, especially in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Composure is what Bennett has, and what the Penguins need to bring home the Cup.

Bennett exhibiting some puck possession skills.
Injuries at the forward spot will play a key factor heading into the playoffs. Uncertain returns for Sidney Crosby and James Neal leave big scoring gaps in the offense. Even when 87 and 18 come back healthy, Bennett shouldn't sit.

Call junior hockey what you will, but Bennett has deep playoff experience. Try 14 points (5G, 9A) playing 15 games for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. He knows the feeling of lose and go home with championships on the line.

Bennett is hitting his stride at the right time of the season. Gearing up for the playoffs, he's registered four points in his last five games. He knows he's playing for playoff ice time against veterans, guys who already know what the NHL playoffs are like, and who already have their name on the Cup.

Bennett isn't just another rookie. This kid has it. He's ready to help the Penguins win a Cup.

Let him play Bylsma.

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