Why the signing of Dustin Penner does more harm to the Ducks than good
Fantasy Impact: The Anaheim Ducks have signed winger Dustin Penner to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
The Ducks get: one of the most disappointing wingers of the past three seasons. After his breakout 63-point campaign with the Oilers, the 6-5 Penner looked like the next big thing. Size and 60+ point talent? Yes please! But then he came back to earth - and when you're 6-5 that's quite the fall. Just 37 points in his last 115 regular season games.
His career started in Anaheim, when he posted 45 points as a rookie. So maybe that will give him a boost.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Here is where I have a problem with the signing. I think there are better hockey players on this team who will lose ice time as a result of Penner's presence. In some cases, this will be minimal - maybe Emerson Etem averages 15 minutes of ice time, 1:30 of PP time per game instead of 15:40 and 1:40. But in other cases, this could be huge - Matt Beleskey playing 11 minutes or 13 minutes has a pretty big impact on his career. And Penner clone Pat Maroon (but younger and tougher) may not even make the team now, when he finally had a real shot. And if newcomer Jakob Silfverberg loses one second of ice time over this, the team suffers. Add it all up, and the outcome of Anaheim hockey games take a hit.
Potential Line Combos (click here to access all of the historical line combinations for free)
Jakob Silfverberg - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Emerson Etem - Saku Koivu - Kyle Palmieri
Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Andrew Cogliano
Dustin Penner - Peter Holland - Daniel Winnik
Patrick Maroon - - Brad Staubitz
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order: