In news out of Ducks camp today, and reported by the L.A. Times, winger Dustin Penner will have the first opportunity to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Of course this reunites the trio who helped lead the Ducks to the promised land.
As we all know Penner scored 29 goals in the 2006/07 season but was shortly whisked away by Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers via Offer Sheet that the Ducks could not match. After unsuccessful stints with Edmonton and L.A. the prodigal son returned this summer on a one year $2 million dollar deal.
I personally think this is one of the shrewdest moves Bob Murray has made. While it remains to be seen if P-P-G can reignite the magic, the chemistry was once there. It wasn’t that long ago that Penner scored 32 goals (2009/10 season). Playing alongside Getzlaf and Perry could help him get close to that again. If nothing else this will give Perry and Getzlaf another hulking physical presence on the ice. This combination of physicality, speed and skill should absolutely wear down opposing teams. As much as I loved Bobby Ryan he never quite fit in with the twins and over the past seasons they have seen a number of wingers slotted in with them.
If Dustin Penner can come to camp motivated and in shape, he can give Bruce and the Ducks, a steady and solid weapon to slot alongside our other big men. This will allow us to spread our skill and speed across our other three lines and give us depth and scoring we haven’t seen in the last few years.