The Pittsburgh Penguins selected forward Beau Bennett
from the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with their first selection (20th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Friday night in Los Angeles.
Bennett, 18, led the BCHL in scoring this past season with 120 points (41G-79A) in 56 games. He added 14 points (5G-9A) in 15 postseason contests for the Vees.
Bennett, whose point total was the most in the BCHL since the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Tyler Bozak registered 128 points in 2007, became the first BCHL rookie to surpass 100 points in the past seven years.
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Bennett, who has committed to attend the University of Denver beginning in the fall, is the highest-drafted Californian-born player in NHL history.
Bennett, a Gardena, Calif. native, was rated the 32nd-best North American skater by Central Scouting. He was a member of the gold-medal winning Team USA entry at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in PEI this past November, where he was the only non-USHL member of the team.
Prior to joining Penticton, Bennett played his junior hockey with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings of the Midwest Elite Hockey League (MWEHL). Bennett scored 25 goals and 58 points in 46 games with the Jr. Kings in 2008-09.