Penguins winger Beau Bennett was sent back down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League Thursday morning, as announced by the team.
Bennett was viewed by many as a top candidate to skate alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on the team’s second line. Coach Dan Bylsma let Bennett audition on the second line during training camp, but chose to send him back down to WBS.
This move could mean Eric Tangradi will open the season on Malkin’s wing, as he, too, has been auditioning for that spot in training camp.
Sending Bennett down is likely more because of his youth than his skill level. He’s in his first season of professional hockey, with just 30 games under his belt. The organization has been open about not wanting to rush his development along.
Bennett has six goals and 18 assists in the AHL this season.
Bennett, Jayson Megna and all 14 players called up Wednesday for the Black-White scrimmage have been sent back down to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Defenseman Brian Strait has been placed on waivers. He will be returned to WBS if he clears waivers by noon on Friday.
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