When Dustin Penner was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers at the February 28 trade deadline, expectations were high in Los Angeles, especially since the Kings sent highly-touted prospect Colten Teubert the other way. For the first few games, Penner went out of his way to exceed expectations only to cool off considerably afterwards.
In 62 games with the Oilers in 2010-11, Dustin Penner collected 39 points and then in 19 games with the Kings, collected six points, with five of those points coming in his first three games in Los Angeles. It just went to show how quickly the Winkler, Manitoba, native fell out of favour.
In six playoff games with the Kings, Penner did help out with a goal and an assist but his brief time with the Kings has been an overall disappointment. In his 19 regular season games with the Kings, the 6'4, 240-pounder only registered 27 hits, a 33.3 faceoff percentage and a giveaway/takeaway ratio of 18/10. Perhaps those aren't terrible stats but with all the hype that came with Penner's return to southern California, something a little more was expected.
The 28-year-old will be entering the final year of his contract in 2011-12 and hopefully entering his first full season with the Kings will help his game. We can be as hard as we want to on Dustin Penner but we did only play 25 games as a King (19 regular season, six playoff) so we may not see the real Dustin Penner until the season opens in October.
It sure would have been nice to see the big guy chip in a lot more than he had but it's onward and upward and we'll just have to see how Dustin Penner fares in 2011-12.