by Shelly Anderson
Incoming DU Freshman Beau Bennett attended the first day of the Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp yesterday.
Bennett, the Penguins' first-round draft pick last month, is listed at 6 feet 1, 173 pounds, and the 18-year-old certainly looks slight compared with most of the others at the camp.
"I just come in, work hard, try to do well," he said. "These guys are so good and a lot stronger than me, so just come out and do my best."
He showed a few nice moves in one-on-one drills, but struggled at times to keep from being ridden off the puck.
"I think going the college route, that will be something I'll take to heart," Bennett, who is headed to Denver University, said. "We'll be in the gym four or five times a week."
In addition to having to hold court in interview sessions, Bennett is also looking forward to the training seminars which are a big part of development camp. The University of Denver recruit has his pencil and notebook packed in anticipation of gaining important information concerning nutrition, psychology and off-ice training which he can take with him to college when he enrolls next month.
“I think hearing from the different professionals they are bringing in is going to be a great asset,” Bennett said. “You have to take everything they say in because it all will help you progress and be a better hockey player.”