David Perron arrives in Edmonton with a chance for rebirth, renewal. The young Oilers are looking for the final pieces to get this rocket airborne–if Perron fills the 2line L role he could be here for the rest of the decade. If not? This could be a very short trip to the north country.
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- Would that represent a career year? No. He’s scored more points twice before during his NHL career.
- Is he a better offensive player than Paajarvi? Yes. I don’t think there’s much doubt. Tyler Dellow mentioned recently that Perron is the player you hope Paajarvi turns into, so Edmonton cashed potential for established talent–that’s exactly the right move here.
- Is he a better offensive player than Hemsky? Great question. I don’t know.
- More answers from the answer man! Well, it’s a tough call. Hemsky is a better NHL player than a lot of these kids, but there’s a problem with health. That problem makes it difficult to project Hemsky onto the roster. Perron is less troubling. Healthy, Hemsky’s better than Perron but Perron’s not alone there.
- Perron has been injured before, lost a whole season. Yes, but healthy since and I don’t think it’s a major worry at this point.
- Is he rugged or anything? Yeah, a little. Pims aren’t a good indication of much at all, but his total this past season would have put him 2nd among Oiler forwards and certainly first among the skilled guys. He and Hall are about the same in this area imo, they don’t take crap from anyone.
- What’s good about him? Another very skilled guy, he can play either wing and score goals, make passes and think the game at an advanced level. Oilers have a few of these guys now, they can mix and match.
- Will he play with Hall? Actually, I think Perron and Hall are gritty enough to be considered the phyiscal element on their lines. Which means (to me anyway) his possible linemates include Nuge, Gagner, Eberle, Yakupov and Hemsky.
- Did you like him on his draft day? Yes, suggested they take him 15th overall.
- How much did he play in St. Louis? This past season he was 4th in EV TOI (14:47) basically a third place tie with Steen. Backes was the EV bull for St. Louis, but Perron got his minutes at that discipline. He was also 4th in PP TOI (2:28) but Hitchock ran 7 guys (!!!!) at about the same powerplay time on ice this year. Man, that guy works on a different level.
- Could he break out, 30 goals? Well, yes. He’ll be in a new situation, and maybe he develops mad chem with Hall, or Nuge or Yakupov. Perron’s a very interesting player, I think the Oilers may have acquired more than just a complementary player. I like the idea he can move up and down the lineup, he gives them nice depth at a very high level. If they ever dealt him at a deadline they’d get a king’s ransom, he’s a plug and play at all kinds of disciplines.
- So, you’re trading him already? No, but things will go fast now, the urgency is here. That means Perron has this season and maybe next before the Oilers will try to find another option. If the 2nd line shoots lights out (very likely) compared to last season he’ll be here a long time. I’d bet on that, but strange things happen sometimes.
- The change from Hemsky/Paajarvi to Perron/Yakupov will change the flow of the river? Well, a little. However, I think it has to do with the coaching change and philosophy too. Dellow has been working on that line’s story all summer and is arriving at interesting conclusions. The return to more traditional NHL solutions should mean we’re looking at better results, with Perron being in the right place at the right time.
- What do you mean? I’m honestly not sure, but Dellow is looking at it here and I’m hopeful he finds answers. The Oilers were doing unusual things with the structure of that line off faceoffs, but they didn’t work–a new coach who isn’t familiar with this (I assume Eakins isn’t going over the Krueger playbook looking for ideas) probably solves the problem and a more ‘straight up’ or traditional approach likely gives better results. Or so we hope.
- Why this song? It’s the first song I thought of for Perron, for many reasons. First, it’s about rebirth, and that’s what Edmonton could be for Perron. St. Louis dealt him for cap reasons, but he was also the guy they chose to deal. That’s a motivational tool right there, and Perron strikes me as a guy who’ll channel that onto the ice and work hard for a good result in his new home. Also, it’s a beautiful melody, just wonderful, and Perron’s game has elements of that–he’s very skilled and can do some pretty amazing things. Finally, like so many Bowie songs, it’s absolutely original (as is Perron). The themes are grand and the music is lush but there’s sadness evident too, and I think Perron probably approaches his time in Edmonton a little wounded from the St. Louis exit.
PERRON’S SLEDGEHAMMER 2012-13
That’s a nice match for the Oilers high end skill guys, he should fit right in. Perron’s adjustment to the Oilers and the Eakins system should be helped by the quality of the guys he’s playing with; leaving St. Louis for Edmonton represents more opportunity. I don’t know how much powerplay time he’ll get, but Perron will be a big factor in the Oilers success this season.