There are a lot of people out there who don’t like Dustin Penner. “Lazy” is a word that gets tossed around a lot, although “inconsistent” “unmotivated” and even “fat” get used sometimes too. I decided I’d take a quick look at how the first line of Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff have performed this season with and without Dustin Penner.
I decided to use Vic Ferrari’s Time On Ice tool, which scans NHL shift charts, to compile the results for the first line with and without Dustin Penner.
With Dustin Penner
- 21 goals for, 5 goals against (+16)
- 173 shots for, 109 shots against (+64)
Without Dustin Penner
- 9 goals for, 10 goals against (-1)
- 281 shots for, 250 shots against (+31)
I really didn’t like the Dustin Penner offer sheet; I place great value on draft picks, and felt that Penner was too much of a question mark for such a big offer. That said, I do think that Penner’s a useful NHL player who has been made the scapegoat far too much on a team with multiple problems.
My question for those of you who don’t like Dustin Penner: Why is the first line so much better with Penner than without him?