Penguins’ Bennett heads to AHL on conditioning stint

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Beau Bennett has recovered from a hand/wrist injury that’s sidelined him since late November, but the road back to the Pittsburgh Penguins will go through AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Bennett will spend “a few games” with the minor-league squad after he was sent down on a conditioning assignment.

“I’m just excited to play some games and get back into some action,” Bennett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Before the campaign started, Bennett was regarded as a potential top-six forward, but the 22-year-old has been limited to just 12 games. At this point he will probably serve in a depth role during the Penguins’ playoff run, but he would be capable of moving up if injuries necessitate it.

Meanwhile, defenseman Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke, is practicing with the Penguins, but isn’t expected to return in the near future.

“There are still some days I don’t feel quite right,” said Letang.

“On the ice, it’s fine. It’s more outside the ice that it’s a problem.”

Pittsburgh will play against Tampa Bay this afternoon.