farnham16 wrote:I really think Bennett is making this team. There is are a ton of veterans on this team, it wouldn't be that big of a deal to throw a rookie out there. Especially considering the guys he would play with. Look at how well the Flyers rookies played last year. Let Bennett play and see what he can do.
Bennett has probably earned the right to be the #1 callup when and if we need guys due to injury, but the 13 we have on NHL contracts should be the 13 forwards on the big club right now, while Bennett gets valuable minutes and experience in WB/S. He is off to a great start down there, but we need to be careful not to pile on too much too fast for the guy, especially considering he hasn't played a lot of hockey in the past few years because of injury. His time will come and he will get his cup of coffee this year, but he isn't quite ripe for full NHL duty yet.
Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Tangradi - Malkin - Neal
Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Glass - Vitale - Jeffrey
Martin - Letang
Orpik - Niskanen
Despres - Bortuzzo
A lot of decisions need to be made at forward in the offseason. Cooke, Dupuis and Adams are UFAs. Kennedy, Tangradi and Jeffrey are RFAs. Shero could go a lot of ways here but I doubt he keeps everyone. Bennett will have his spot carved out for him then to be on the big club full time.
P.S. After writing this post, the flexibility we have at forward with young guys like Bennett, Jeffrey and Tangradi, coupled with the glut of defensive talent on the way, makes me really optimistic for the future. Shero's cupboard is full of enough pieces to make this team a contender for at least the next 5 years.