The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their 2010 first-round draft pick, forward Beau Bennett
, to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal begins with the 2012-13 season and runs through the 2014-15 campaign.
Bennett, 20, became the highest-drafted California native to be selected in the NHL Draft when he was chosen by the Penguins with the 20th overall selection in 2010. The Gardena, Calif. native has spent the past two seasons at the University of Denver, where he has accumulated 38 points (13G-25A) in 47 collegiate games.
The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Bennett got off to a good start this season with the Pioneers by tallying four goals, nine assists and 13 points through 10 games – before his season ended prematurely due to a wrist injury. Bennett was a member of the All-WCHA Academic Team.
As a freshman last season, Bennett notched nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in 37 games. Bennett closed the season strong with a six-game assist/point streak from March 4-19.
Before joining the Pioneers, Bennett played one season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in 2009-10. Bennett was named Interior Conference Rookie of the Year after tying for the BCHL scoring title with 120 points (41G-79A) in 56 contests. He added 14 points (5G-9A) in 15 postseason games.