The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Beau Bennett to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal carries an average annual value of $800,000.
Bennett, 23, finished the 2014-15 season with four goals, eight assists and 12 points in 49 games. He established a single-game career high with three points (1G-2A) against the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 18 at the Bell Centre.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bennett has appeared in 96 career regular-season games with the Penguins, scoring 10 goals and adding 23 assists for 33 points. Four of his 10 career goals have been game-winning markers.
Bennett has suited up for 20 career playoff games, tallying six points (2G-4A). His best playoff performance came in 2014 when he had five points (1G-4A) in 12 contests.
The Gardena, California native became the highest-drafted player ever from California when Pittsburgh chose him 20th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, which was held in Los Angeles.
Prior to the ’13-14 season, Bennett was invited to attend USA Hockey’s Men’s Olympic Orientation Camp in Washington, D.C.
During the lone season that Bennett saw extensive American Hockey League action with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2012-13, he notched 28 points (7G-21A) in 39 games, earning him a spot in the AHL All-Star Classic and WBS’ team rookie of the year award.
Bennett played two seasons at the University of Denver before turning professional. He netted 13 goals and added 25 assists for 38 points in 47 games, and was named to the 2011-12 WCHA All-Academic Team.
Prior to his time at the University of Denver, Bennett starred in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Penticton Vees. In 2009-10 Bennett scored 41 times and totaled 120 points in 56 regular-season games. His play earned him BCHL rookie of the year honors and the Brett Hull Trophy as the BCHL’s top scorer. He would go on to register another 14 points (5G-9A) in 15 playoff games.