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Dustin Penner, we hardly knew ye

Ah yes, Dustin Penner.

One of the many who rolled through Edmonton in the Decade of Darkness.

But to me, he was one of the most underrated Oilers who may have ever strapped on the blue and orange.

Penner infamously came to Edmonton on an offer sheet which caused then-Ducks GM Brian Burke to literally lose his mind going so far as to challenging Kevin Lowe to a fight.

Good times.

Back to the ice though, because Dustin Penner produced for the Oilers during a time when not a lot of people could.

Over 304 games, he amassed 186 points — 93 goals, 93 assists, 50 points/82 games. His last full season in Edmonton was his best, though. The 2009-2010 season saw him rip home 32 goals and 22 assists, but in reality, it was all for naught.

He led all Oilers in points with the closest behind being Sam Gagner and his 41 point season. It all led to the Oilers sucking so bad they were the last-place team in the league getting the chance to draft Taylor Hall.

Despite his one great year in Edmonton, the best of his nine-year NHL career, Penner largely struggled throughout his career especially after he left Edmonton.

The Oilers traded him to Los Angeles in exchange for Colten Teubert, a first-round pick in 2011, and a conditional third in 2012.

Edmonton did pretty well in the deal considering that first-round pick was used to draft Oscar Klefbom, who still patrols the Oilers top pairing.

Truth be told though, the Oilers almost never wound up with the deal the Kings offered up. Penner was set to be apart of a blockbuster deal in 2009 that would’ve seen him, Andrew Cogliano, and Ladislav Smid dealt to the Senators for Dany Heatly.

Heatly had one more good year with the Sharks, whom Ottawa dealt him to, but his game embarked on the decline.

Nonetheless, Penner’s career went anywhere but up as he never played more than 67 games in an NHL season again. Infamously, he threw out his back in 2012 with the Kings after he went to “dip into some delicious pancakes” his wife made him.

Good times.

The Dusty Dangler always hold a place in my heart as a fellow big guy — doubly so considering I got one of his jerseys as a gift from my parents. Lord knows where it is now.

What do you remember about the Dustin Penner era in Edmonton?



  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    LOL I remember that pancake story when it came out and everyone was trotting out the pancakes memes. There was the guys down near the ice at a kings came with a box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix with Penner’s picture on it like you’d see on a Wheaties box, broke out laughing when I saw that

  • Fireball

    He was big and strong on the puck. Was never a line driver in a era of the Oilers that lacked a real deal Centre. Ya they had some talented centres but Sam Gagner would never establish himself as a top 6 centre. Let me be bombarded wit saying Horcoff was a 3rd line centre at best. 2nd line on a poor team at his own best. What Drove me about Penner was he was so big and strong but rarely used it.. when he did he looked unstoppable. Even with his ups and downs He was one of the better forwards the Oilers had in the last 12-13 years. He won the Cup with The Ducks in his first full season and won another with LA in his first complete season with them. He was undrafted and One of the earlier guys I can remember to break out of College Hockey. Sad to see his career end the way it did.

  • CMG30

    Dustin Penned, the offer sheet that ended KLowe’s tenure as GM. Or maybe it was just time for him to go. Either way Timid Tambi was soon to darken our door…

  • The future never comes

    So you cited something Stauffer said “that he is underrated as an Oiler,” then you wrote eight sentences and think that that compromises an article…my nephew who is 8 years old could present a better article. Bush league.

  • TheRock

    I will never forget watching Penner lazily coast back to the bench shift after shift.
    He was the laziest player the oilers had during their early dark days.
    I hope we never see him again on Oilers nation.
    Good riddance!

  • The Swarm

    Penner was plus player in two of his four seasons during the dark days. Over 4 seasons he averaged a minus 3 on a terrible team. He was a vastly underrated defensive player because he could handle the puck in tight spots on his wing in the the defensive zone.

    • OilTastic

      ya Lupul’s one season here was an outright catastrophe. played like he didn’t want to be here, weird considering he’s from here (16-12-28 -29), then we bounced him and, though he had a few more pretty good seasons, couldn’t get over the injury bug.

  • #97TRAIN

    I can’t remember the heavyweight he fought against Vancouver but he totally ragdolled him.
    He was extremely strong but did not use it to his advantage.
    If he had, he could have been as good as Bertuzzi.