Some Perspective on Penner's Start

Left winger Petr Klima of the Edmonton Oilers (right) and defenseman Steve Duchesne of the Los Angeles Kings tangle up during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Klima immediately apologized. via cdn.picapp.com

Dustin Penner's blistering start has slowed a bit, but Big Pun continues to carry the team on a nightly basis.  He's on pace for 40 goals, something that hasn't been accomplished in Edmonton since Petr Klima in 1990  He's on pace for 88 points, the most for any Oiler since Doug Weight's 90 in 2000.  Let's check the twenty-one years A.G.


Year Player Goals Player
Assists
Player Points Player +/-
1988 Carson 49
Messier
61
Kurri 102 Muni
43
1989 Messier 45 Messier 84
Messier 129 Gregg
24
1990 Klima
40
Messier 52
Tikkanen
69 Klima
24
1991 Damphousse 38 Damphousse 51 Damphousse 89 Maciver
20
1992 Klima 32 Nicholls 32 Klima 48 Gelinas
3
1993 Arnott 33 Weight
50 Weight 74 Arnott
1
1994 Oliver 16 Weight 33 Weight 40 Kennedy
2
1995 Ciger 31 Weight 79 Weight 104 Satan
0
1996 Smyth 39 Weight 61 Weight 82 Marchment
13
1997 Weight 26 Weight 44 Weight 70 Tie
9
1998 Guerin 30 Guerin 34 Guerin 64 Poti
10
1999 Smyth 28 Weight 51 Weight 72 Smith
16
2000 Smyth 31 Weight 65 Weight 90 Tie
15
2001 Comrie 33 Niinimaa 39 Tie 60 Comrie
16
2002 Smyth 27 Marchant
40
Smyth 61 Reasoner
19
2003 Smyth 23
Smyth 36
Smyth 59 Ulanov 18
2004







2005 Smyth 36
Hemsky
58
Hemsky 77 Staios 10
2006 Smyth 31
Hemsky 40
Tie
53 Thoresen
-1
2007 Penner
23
Hemsky 51
Hemsky 71 Nilsson
8
2008 Tie 23
Hemsky 43
Hemsky 66 Grebeshkov
12
2009 Penner 44
Penner 44
Penner 88 Penner
32

 

Penner's projected goal total is good for 3rd over this time period.  His pace would tie him for 13th in assists and 6th in points.  He would join Mark Messier, Vincent Damphousse, Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth as Oilers who have led the team in Goals, Assists and Points. 

He's also on pace to accomplish a feat that only one other player in the history of the Oilers has been able to pull off -- lead the team in Goals, Assists, Points, and +/-.

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