By Rob Rossi

WASHINGTON – Beau Bennett is practicing.
Well, it’s a start, anyway?
Out since late-November with a right-hand injury, Bennett has had surgery and a setback, but as of Sunday believes 10 days is do-able for a possible return.
Coach Dan Bylsma was less optimistic.
Bylsma also hinted against counting on Bennett to return in his previous role – that of a top-line right winger.
Bennett had replaced Pascal Dupuis, now injured and done for the season, in that role. However, as Bylsma noted regarding Bennett, it’s about him simply playing – not where he plays.
Bennett, a first-round pick in 2010, has had some bad luck.
There is no denying, though, his development has been stunted over the last four years, three of which featured long stretches of now hockey since because of injuries.
Maybe he surprises upon this return, stays healthy, and finds some sort of contributing role.
The Penguins aren’t counting on that.

Rob Rossi, ClearChannel’s Penguins Insider, cover the NHL for Trib Total Media. In addition to this blog, his articles can be found here: