Over the past few days prospects from across the globe came together for the Kings Development Camp. That being said there was a lot of buzz around the Toyota Sports Center, the Kings practice facility. This buzz mainly revolved around the Kings’ prospects and the future stars of the organization. However, LA Kings Insider, Rich Hammond, found the time to interview Kings’ forward, Dustin Penner.
During the interview Hammond noted that Penner has slimmed down quite a bit, since he has began his daily workouts at the TSC. It has been reported that Penner has dropped about 10 pounds. Over the course of the interview Penner comented on some of his goals for next season, one being, “to set personal bests in my statistical categories”.
Lets look at what this would mean for the Kings if they did in fact get the statistical outputs from Penner that he would need in order to set those career highs.
Penner’s career highs in goals, assists, and points all came during the ’09-’10 season with Edmonton, he netted 32 goals, recorded 31 assists, and totaled 63 points. His career best plus/minus came a season prior to that where he finished the season plus 7.
If Penner acheives his goal and sets new personal bests, this would provide a hefty boost for the Kings’ offense. That would equal at least a 65 point season for Penner, with a minimum of 33 goals and 32 assists to set career highs in those categories. His plus/minus would recieve a formidable boost if he plays with Anze Kopitar, one of the best two way forwards in the league.
After receiving much criticism from the Kings’ fan base, and even Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi maybe a good summer make over is what Penner needs to get back into solid form, and turn his stay with the Kings around for the better. A 65 point season would definitely quiet some of his critics and make his tenure with the Kings a lot smoother.