The Beau Bennett era has come to an end.
The Penguins traded the oft-injured right winger to the Devils in exchange for a third-round pick, No. 77 overall. With that pick, the Penguins drafted Kitchener Rangers (OHL) defenseman Connor Hall.
A pending restricted free agent, Bennett, 24, appeared in 33 games this past season and scored 12 points (six goals, six assists). A first-round pick in 2010, Bennett's career was marred by various injures an ailments ranging from his wrist, shoulders and even a bout of mumps. In parts of four NHL seasons, he was limited to 129 games and 45 points.
"With the number of young guys we have, we felt it was time to give him a change," said general manager Jim Rutherford. "It gets a little bit frustrating, the injury part. But I certainly recognize he's a good player. I think a change is going to be good for him and I think he'll probably do well there. I think with the young forwards we have and more young ones coming, we felt we had the luxury of doing that.”
Hall, 18, appeared in 39 games last season and scored nine points. He missed much of the first half of the season due to a suspension and a broken jaw suffered in a fight.
-From SB Nation:
"Hall is a strong kid and likes to use his size and strength to play a nasty, physical game. He punishes forwards, especially along the boards. He makes life difficult for the opposition and can quiet the opposition by making them afraid to go into tough areas of the ice. Sometimes he can cross the line--he served an 11-game suspension for a check to the head to start the season. He's willing to stand up for teammates and drop his gloves if necessary though."
A few highlights:
-EN Says: Bennett's time had truly come to an end with the Penguins. After being passed over for playing time by the likes of Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust and Oskar Sundqvist, there really wasn't a place for him moving forward. He'll get a much better chance with the Devils. New Jersey's front office with general manager Ray Shero, the man who drafted Bennett, is more than familiar with him.
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