Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/16/11 at 10:02 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Dustin Penner was on the fourth line for the Los Angeles Kings in Thursday’s overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks, which is not what general manager Dean Lombardi had in mind when he effectively gave up two first-round picks to the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 27.
Lombardi forked over abrasive defence prospect Colten Teubert, the Kings’ second first-round selection in 2008 (13th overall after they took Drew Doughty second) and the Kings’ first-round selection this June, to the Oilers for the fridge-sized left-winger Penner.
The Kings needed an upgrade in their top six forwards so they went for Penner, but there he was in Game 1 of the playoff series with the Sharks playing with slugger Kevin Westgarth and rookie centre Trevor Lewis.
With the message sending, 10 forwards played more five-on-five minutes than Penner in the series opener that ended in the 74th minute on Joe Pavelski’s overtime goal.
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