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01-17-2013, 12:24 PM
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Bennett, 21, was selected in Round 1 (20th overall) a year later.
His return to the AHL could signal that Eric Tangradi, 23, will get the opportunity to play on a line with center Evgeni Malkin and right winger James Neal.
Tangradi has been viewed as the franchise‘s best power-forward prospect since he was acquired from Anaheim along with left winger Chris Kunitz in the trade of defenseman Ryan Whitney in February 2009. Assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald heralded Tangradi‘s approach while he played in the AHL during the 119-day NHL lockout.
“People who doubt him are going to be surprised to see a more consistent player, a guy who understands what we want from him in terms of being a physical presence and where to go on the ice,” Fitzgerald said.
The Penguins remain high on Bennett, but management believes he needs to play in a top-six forward role and, also, that he needs more professional experience.
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