30-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Jeff Penner Contract Information:
Signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins in March of 2008.
The Wild traded Anton Khudobin to the Bruins for Penner and Mikko Lehtonen on Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo reports.
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Penner is an agile rearguard who, along with forward Mikko Lehtonen, was shipped to Minnesota (from Boston) last February in exchange for goalie Anton Khudobin. At 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, Penner does not have ideal size for a defenseman, but he possesses enough of a two-way game to be a serviceable depth defender for the Wild this season.
Penner is a smallish, mobile defenseman, who had a two-game cup of coffee with the B's in 2009-10. His ability in the transition game could help him carve out a role in the NHL, but his lack of ideal size (5-10, 183) for a pro blueliner could stall him at the AHl level.
Penner shows above-average mobility and has displayed ability in the transition game. That's similar to what we were saying about Matt Hunwick (also listed at 5-11, 190) not too long ago, so Penner could be one to watch down the road.
Penner is a small, mobile offensive-defenseman who will have to improve his defensive fundamentals in the minors to make an impact with the B's.