Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett is already having a career year.
Drafted 20th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Bennett has failed to play a fully healthy season since entering Pittsburgh’s season in 2012. The former University of Denver forward missed all but 49 NHL games last year due to injuries, but he’s already surpassed his goal totals for that year by a goal and counting.
Although he could easily still top his own production, though, the 24 year old skater won’t be playing a healthy campaign once again.
Coach Sullivan on Beau Bennett: "Bennett is out 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury." pic.twitter.com/vCMif3FoYT
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2015
The injury that is holding him out, per the team, is the hit delivered by Washington Capitals winger TJ Oshie on Monday night during Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to the divisional rival.
Bennett has already missed five of Pittsburgh’s games so far this year due to injury, and he’ll now miss another four to six weeks worth. That puts his potential return somewhere in mid to late January, meaning he could miss anywhere from 16 to 20 more contests before he returns to the ice again.
With Bennett out, the Penguins lose one of their top goal scorers for the year; despite having five games in hand, Bennett is seventh in scoring on the team and has only seen three roster players score more goals than him through Monday night’s game.
In addition to losing Bennett for the four to six week time frame, the Penguins are missing netminder Marc-Andre Fleury in practice on Tuesday and will not see him in net during Wednesday’s game against the Bruins.