Things haven’t worked out the way that they have hoped for Beau Bennett. Drafted in the first round in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was hoped that Bennett would fill a top six role alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Injuries prevented Bennett from ever establishing himself as an NHL regular for the Penguins, and as a free agent, this past offseason followed the general manager that drafted him to New Jersey, signing a one-year deal with Ray Shero and the Devils.
Filling a bottom-six role with the Devils, the 25-year-old Bennett had just one goal entering Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
By the time the game was all said and done, Bennett doubled his season output in goals and helped seal the victory for the Devils, registering his second goal of the season with just 2:17 left in the third period. The goal broke a 3-3 tie, and New Jersey eventually won the game by the score of 4-3.
The goal was Bennett’s 11th point overall on the season, which is just three back of his career high of 14. Bennett set that mark his rookie year with the Penguins, during the 2012-2013 season. He reached that mark in just 26 games played.