Beau Bennett, the Penguins' first round pick in this summer's draft, spoke with the media this morning:
Ever been to Pittsburgh:
"I’ve been up here twice before. I kind of know the area. I played at the (Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island) for nationals a couple years back. I do like the area up here."
On having to pay his own way to the Penguins' development camp in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility:
"I was coming. The whole time. Something you have to do. I want to go to college so if it means paying my own way, it’s something you got to do."
On life after being drafted last month:
"It’s actually been pretty relaxing. Just staying in the gym. A few interviews here and there."
Most nervous part of a pro camp:"I think I’m more nervous doing this kind of stuff. The working out and talking to (media). Once I get on the ice, all nerves will go away. That’s why I’m here."
What does he need to work on to be NHL ready:
"Definitely strength. Going the college route, that will be something I’ll take to heart. I’ll be in the gym four or five times a week. Definitely the strength part. About to go do the testing now so I’ll see where I’m at."
On his major at the University of Denver:
"I was going to be undecided but I’ll think I’m going to be a business major."
On his goals for his freshman season:
"We lost a lot of good players last year. The top three guys on the team left. Hopefully fit in on a top six role and get a little bit more defensive play in my game and get stronger as the year goes on."
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