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
Devante Smith-Pelly



Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Penner



Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Maroon

2. Beleskey

3. Smith-Pelly

4. Palmieri

5. Etem

6. Silfverberg





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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Silfverberg doesn't hurt by this signing. They play different positions, and he was never going to stick with Getzlaf this year. He's a second liner IMO
July 17, 2013
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jeffl97 said:

Line Combo's I don't think those Line Combo projections are that great. My guess is Penner gets a shot in the top 6, and likely a shot to re-kindle his chemistry with Getzlaf/Perry. He's decent at boardplay and is a left-hander with size. Cogliano-Koivu-Winnik was our 3rd line all year, don't see us breaking them up. Bonino (unless we sign Grabovski) is our 2nd line C. Palmieri is ready for top 6 minutes but I don't see Etem playing in the top 6 next year. Beleskey is a great 4th liner who can slot in on other lines from time to time to spark them.

Silf/Penner - Getzlaf - Perry
Silf/Penner - Bonino - Palmieri
Cogliano - Koivu - Winnik
Beleskey - xx - Etem

That's the lineup I see us using. Not sure who slots in at 4th line. Could be Holland, though I think he would be wasted as a 4th liner, so it might not be him.
July 17, 2013
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DarthVain said:

Winnik Winnik had a pretty strong season last year I thought. Not sure who his line mates were however. This hurt him at all or perhaps help him?
July 17, 2013
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newper114 said:

Line combos Those are fair line combos i would have liked to see bonino with silf and cog on the second line. I really think ANA likes playing beleskey with the top line. Not sure if he is right for that role but they keep tryig him there. Wonder if they start it like that and like i said move silf down to boninos line.

July 16, 2013
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