The Beau Bennett Trade Tree

I have a feeling that the Beau Bennett trade tree will be a short one. In 47 games in the OHL, Hall has an average of .19 points per game.

Given that most of the good defensemen in the NHL were racking up points in junior and college, that’s not a good sign:

This is what the Penguins Inside Scoop had to say about Hall:

* While Hall is from Kitchener, Ontario – where he plays major junior for his hometown Rangers – he actually grew up a big fan of Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

“I enjoyed watching them through the whole playoffs and really cheered them on,” said Hall, who attended a couple of games at Mellon Arena when he was young. “Just overall, just love the city of Pittsburgh and really excited to join the Penguins organization.”

It helps that his current Ontario Hockey League head coach is Jay McKee, who spent his final NHL season in Pittsburgh back in 2009-10.

“He played for the Penguins a while back. He had a fun time there,” Hall smiled.

* Being such a fan of the team, it was surreal for Hall to hear his name called by the Pens and put on the brand-new Pittsburgh Gold jersey. He joked that his new sweater would fit right into the décor of his room at home.

“It’s an unbelievable experience,” he said. “Everyone always says that you never forget these moments and to be drafted by the Stanley Cup champions, it’s really a dream come true.”

It’s even sweeter after the season that he had, where Hall played just three games in the first half because of a 10-game suspension and a broken jaw sustained in a fight.

Ryan Wilson wrote a good post comparing this draft class to some recent Penguin defensemen . I took his idea and ran with it:

Click to see larger image. Source: http://www.eliteprospects.com/

Now, maybe Hall will turn on the offense after dealing with a jaw injury. Maybe not. I’m always hopeful that the Penguins find a diamond in the rough, but in this case, I’m skeptical.

Updated: I added a graph that shows only the player’s first season in their respective youth league.

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Stanley Cup Parade Pictures

I had the good fortune to attend the Stanley Cup parade on Wednesday. I took some pictures. Enjoy!