Beau Bennett's injury, by all accounts, just didn't look nice.
ThePenguins Eric Decker Jersey winger, who started training camp while the leading candidate to fill one theoretically open wing-man role forSidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, caught his leg inside a rut on Friday morning down 3-on-3 neutral-zone drill, decreased, and needed help from the ice. When you hear that, you thinkserious knee injury.
Maybe not, coach Mike Johnston said.
"When he was skating on the ice, (Kasperi) Kapanen's skate clipped him within the back with the heel because of this he spun around within the awkward manner," Johnston said after practice.
"Earlier indications are it wasn't badly considering that it looked that it could are just (Bennett's) solution to what actually happened."
Johnston downplayed concerns over Consol Energy Center's ice which might be nothing new, on and on nowhere. Gemstone is a better concern for Pittsburgh treatments for anxiety potential damaged Bennett who, deficit of NHL production aside, is just one of Pittsburgh's few young forwards using an obvious top-six skillset. Last season, he showed indication of being a rare kind of Penguin; a single drove play without Crosby or Malkin centering him.
"He's an unbelievably talented player when he's to be found," said winger Doug Middleton Jersey Chris Kunitz. "He adds too much to our team.We need him a succesful team."
Bennett, a first-round pick really, mi sed significant time last season using a wrist injury that, like Friday's i sue, was more a "fluky thing," as Sidney Crosby called it, than the rest. As Johnston said, the sequence started looking for a collision withKapanen, Pittsburgh's first-round pick in June.
Coincidentally, Kapanen should get consideration to start 12 months in Pittsburgh's top six should Bennett's injury be long-term. He was the top-rated European prospect during the draft before sliding on the Penguins at No. 22.
General manager Jim Rutherford said all through the offseason that Kapanen would start camp Brandon Wilds Jersey using a shot to help make the opening night roster, amazing performance at Pittsburgh's prospect camp did nothing to switch that. They have obvious talent, plus a puck-po se sion game fitting Johnston's style. Stanley Cup-caliber teams typically have young, cheap players contributing. Pittsburgh may as well find out if they have got one capable to roll, especially during its current stylistictransition to Johnston from Dan Bylsma.
Other optionsa suming Crosby, Malkin, Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Watts Jersey Patrick Hornqvist occupy five belonging to the other six spotsare Steve Downie, who signed a low-risk contract within summer,andNick Spaling, who had a 13-goal 2013-14 for Nashville that entered spite of shaky po se sion numbers and it was helped by a 15.8 shooting percentage that he's unlikely to repeat.
(Kapanen) is often a high-end talent, high-end speed, a sistant GM BillGuerin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the 2009 week. He's a highly, very mature kid for his age. Obviously having his father (Sami) play a multitude of years from the NHL, or using him and bringing him up doing this, he's already a profe sional.
At minimum, a suming Bennett does mi s time, Pittsburgh should give Kapanen apple iphone 4 start of season. If he's ready, keep him. If Brandin Bryant Jersey they are not, send him down before his entry-level contract clock begins to tick and before he does anymore 3-on-3 drills with Bennett.
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