May 22, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) controls the puck with Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in pursuit during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place. The Penguins defeated the Senators by a score of 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins' Beau Bennett and Paul Martin talk US Olympic Team

The experience enjoyed by Pittsburgh’s forward Beau Bennett at the US Olympic Camp was a valbuable one for his development.

It’s always important and nerve racking for one of the brighter young American players to rub elbows with some of the leagues best players.

He spoke with the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette after the experience saying:

“It really didn’t sink in until I got here and saw the guys. When I got invited to the whole thing, it was in the middle of the summer and I was kind of doing my thing. Once I got here, it’s pretty surreal, it’s an honor to be here.” Bennett said in an interview.

The kid has a lot of potential and should be on this Olympic team in the near future. As far as the development, he has the advantage of being on the same team as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

As one Pittsburgh Penguin eyes the dream of one day joining the US Olympic Team for the first time, teammate Paul Martin chasing his dream.

Defenseman Paul Martin feels the Winter Olympics that are coming up in Sochi, Russia will give him a good opportunity to finally suit u for Team USA during the Winter games.

He was an alternate for the 2006 team as a young player and was considered a shoo-in for the 2010 team. Martin fell short of fully participating in the tournament after suffering an injury.

“As far as disappointment and frustration as an athlete goes, that I think has been my toughest thing to get over in my career.” Martin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Martin scored 23 points in 34 games last season, so he has a pretty good shot at making the team this year. That is, if he can stay healthy.

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