Prospect Profile: Spencer Penner

Name: Spencer Penner

Team: Eastman Selects (WPG-AAA)

Position: Defense

Hometown: Eastman, Manitoba

Height/Weight: 5’10 149lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 29th Overall – Seattle Thunderbirds

DraftGeek Rank: 22nd


 

Areas of Strength

  • Balanced Game
  • Offensive Activation
  • Intensity

Areas of Weakness

  • Defensive Awareness
  • Strength

Report: An upward trending prospect and defensive partner of Denton Mateychuk, Penner clean up game was in full display this past year. With 40 points over 35 games, he was one of the league’s top scoring defenseman and finished top 20 in league scoring overall. Penner is a steady two-way defenseman, that plays with loads of compete. Plays an up-tempo game, relying on dynamic footwork in all situations. Penner looks to activate offensively as much as possible and without hesitation, pushing himself off the blue line into a soft spot as an option for his puck carrier to pass to. Penner is able to operate as both an effective passer and shooter, though he’s a pass-first player his 14 goals show he can score with the puck on his stick as well. Focused on controlling the gap, pushing up as soon as the attacker receives the puck in his defensive zone and mirroring him up until the red line when he often chooses to close the distance on the play. An instincts driven player who relies on habits. Penner makes good defensive recoveries, winning foot races to fore checkers and quickly transitioning the puck back up ice. When not doing such he’ll punish forwards with crushing hits which can at times lead to penalty problems. Penner’s defensive zone game is first round caliber. Anticipating what’s developing in his defensive zone and making good use of his stick to break up passing and shooting lanes. Like Mateychuk, Penner is engaged right off the first whistle, he strives to be a difference maker and will do whatever it takes to contribute. Penner’s puck moving is gratifying as he doesn’t over handle the puck, quickly snapping passes back up ice and catching the other team off guard. Overall Penner is a safe bet for a team looking for a right handed defenseman that’s an absolute gamer. Penner’s versatility will allow him to play in both desperate defensive times and offensive situations. Future top four WHL defenseman that will be used on the penalty kill.