ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled right wing Dustin Penner from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim's American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
Penner, 23 (9/28/82), appeared in 19 games this regular season with Anaheim, earning 4-3=7 points with 14 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 245-pound winger recorded his first NHL goal and tied a franchise rookie record for goals in a game with 2-1=3 points on Nov. 30 vs. Phoenix.
With the Pirates, the Winkler, Manitoba native played in 57 games this season, scoring 39-45=84 points with 68 penalty minutes and an AHL leading +41 rating. Despite missing 22 Portland games while with Anaheim, Penner still ranked first on the club in goals and second in points (Ryan Shannon, 27-59=86 points). He finished the 2005-06 season fifth in the AHL in goals, 11th in the AHL in scoring and was named to the AHL second All-Star Team.
In four Calder Cup playoff games this season, Penner has scored 2-3=5 points. The Pirates currently lead their series with Providence 3-1 and are back in action tonight as they host the Bruins at the Cumberland County Civic Center.