Dany Heatley Scores Hat Trick: Something About That Bothers Me

Jim ParsonsContributor INovember 21, 2009

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks in action during their game against the Colorado Avalanche at the HP Pavilion on October 30, 2009 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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I know that in the grand scheme of things, I'm supposed to be impartial. That I should write the news and notes on a team without acting as a "homer" for the city in which I live.

But, it should come as no surprise, that as an Oilers blogger, I'm also an Oilers fan.

So when Dany Heatley essentially snubbed the Edmonton Oilers during the summer and refused to waive his no-trade clause to join an Edmonton squad that would have been excited to have him; I vowed that as long as Heatley was not an Oiler, I was not a Heatley fan.

As a result of my new found loyalty to my optional dislike for a player I really know little about, I was not at all pleased when Dany Heatley scored a hat-trick (his second of the season, mind you) against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

For some reason, this second one hurts a little more.

I suppose Heatley's 26 points and now league-leading 17 goals comes at a time that Dustin Penner has slowed as the new savior in Edmonton.

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Penner, who to date has been the best Oiler by far and is no slouch at 23 points and a plus/minus +11, has started to come back to reality. Fans now realize that three- and four-point nights won't happen all the time.

Penner can't be perfect...even though we'd love him to be.

Penner's slight decrease has allowed Heatley, with his performance on Friday, to effectively pass Penner in the total points standings.

Honestly, it was inevitable as Heatley has a much more proven track record, plays alongside superstars like Joe Thornton, and still has something to prove. Simply, Heatley is the better offensive player.

As Oiler fans, we can only hope Penner doesn't agree.

Saturday, the Oilers take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Still missing key pieces of the team, Edmonton faces a Chicago squad that is on a tear of late, having won five in a row. In fact, no team is as on fire as Chicago is and the Oilers have been struggling.

Many will call me "ye of little faith," but tomorrow's game for me isn't about the Oilers winning. I just don't think they will.

No, for me its about keeping an eye on Dustin Penner. Something tells me, that while this isn't a game of one-ups, Penner wants to show everyone that he can keep pace with Dany Heatley.

If that is what he's thinking, I hope he's right. The Oilers could use a Penner boost on Saturday. 

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