Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/25/13 at 03:34 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Few players in this league have been more polarizing than Penner, whose 6-foot-4, 242-pound frame and soft hands scream top-six power forward. His terrific play during both the Ducks’ 2007 Cup run and the Kings’ 2011 title campaign -- as well as his 32-goal campaign with the Oilers in 2009-10 -- reminded you of just how good he can be. But then came the dip last season, which opens the door for his harshest critics to come down on him.
Sometimes it’s important to remember the guy wasn’t ever drafted, signed out of college as a free agent by Anaheim in May 2004. So maybe some people have just expected too much out of him all along.
Regardless, Penner has obviously heard it all.
"I find it pretty comical,” said Penner. "People seem to forget where I came from. I’ve had a pretty eventful career to say the least, both positively and negatively. What people say about me in the hockey world isn’t going to change how I feel about myself in the real world."
Another chapter in the Dustin Penner book beckons, but what’s in store?
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