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Numbers Game: Penner Headed to L.A.

Scott Cullen
2/28/2011 3:47:00 PM
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The Los Angeles Kings may have made the biggest move on deadline day, at least acquiring a scoring winger with serious size that could boost their top line.

Numbers Game looks at the Dustin Penner trade.

The Kings Get: LW Dustin Penner.

Penner, 28, has been an enigma since signing his big contract in Edmonton, but he's a rare commodity, a big winger who can put the puck in the net. 

For all the questions about his consistency and desire, Penner has 53 goals since the start of the 2009-2010 season, a total than ranks 14th among NHL wingers in that time and only about half of them are players that have size and can be considered power forwards.

In Los Angeles, Penner could have an opportunity to join Anze Kopitar's wing -- there has been a revolving door on that line this year, with Andrei Loktionov, Brad Richardson, Marco Sturm, Scott Parse and Justin Williams among those getting a turn on the wing with Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

So, if Penner ends up getting that opportunity, it sure seems like it will enhance his value, to the point that he could push for 30 goals by season's end.

Penner is still signed through next season, at a salary cap hit of $4.25-million.

Considering the assets that the Kings have been accumulating in recent seasons, they could certainly afford to pay the price necessary to bring in Penner; a smart move by a team that is surging in the Western Conference.

The Oilers Get: D Colten Teubert, a first-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2012.

Teubert was the 13th overall pick in 2008 and has good size, at 6-foot-4 and while he's been okay in his first pro season (10 points, plus-7 in 39 GP with Manchester of the AHL), it's fair to question how much of a difference he can make in the NHL. 

If he reaches his potential, he could be a top-four, shutdown-type but, if not, he could be a third pair guy. 

Considering the Oilers' needs on defence, there seems to be a good chance that Teubert will get a chance to play sooner rather than later. 

For a young team, it makes sense to acquire a soon-to-be 21-year-old with Teubert's pedigree, in the hopes that he can reach his potential and grow with the rest of the young Oilers.

Getting a first-round pick, even if it's in the second half of the first round, along with the conditional pick are both useful assets.  It's going to take time for the Oilers to realize value from those picks, if they reach the NHL at all, but with so many young players getting shots with the Oilers, the organization needs to keep replenishing depth.

With Penner gone, the Oilers will have more power play time available for young wingers like Linus Omark and Magnus Paajarvi, a chance to prove that one of them can be a productive enough offensive contributor that will be able to fill a second-line left winger role (assuming Taylor Hall is set as the first) moving forward.

 

Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@ctv.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook.



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