This is not what the Pittsburgh Penguins need right now.
Just after their 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday night, coach Dan Bylsma announced that winger Beau Bennett will be out 8-10 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery.
Bennett was injured on Friday night in the Penguins' 4-3 win over the New York Islanders and has not played since. In 12 games this season, the former first-round draft pick has scored one goal to go with two assists.
The problem for the Penguins is that they're already short on forward depth, and even though the production hasn't quite been there yet for Bennett this season, he does have the skill to contribute and is their top forward prospect that is even close to being ready for the NHL.
At this point, Pittsburgh's offense is pretty much limited entirely to its top two lines. In the month of November, the Penguins have scored 31 goals with only five of them coming without Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin on the ice. That's a problem.
Their bottom two lines right now are made up almost entirely of grinders and AHL call-ups, none of whom are providing any offense.
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