If last night’s game was any indication, then the trade that sent David Perron from the St. Louis Blue to Edmonton is looking better and better for the Oilers.
Playing alongside Jordan Eberle and Mark Arcobello, Perron scored a pair of goals to give him five in the pre-season and lead the Oilers in scoring this September. Will it carry over into the regular season? The Oilers and their fans certainly hope so as Perron will be counted on to help carry some of the offensive load with Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both on the shelf.
It is an expectation that Perron is accustomed to from his life in St. Louis and one that he never quite fulfilled. Hence the early departure from the Blue at the young age of 25.
Some of the St. Louis media trashed Perron’s reputation, attacking his character as a person after he was traded by saying he didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded him when the Blues drafted him 26th overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. A selfless act on their part using Perron as a scapegoat for a team that has been expected to contend for the Stanley Cup the past few years but have fell well short of expectations. Perron’s play and dressing room behavior was questioned by the Blues media as a result.
But that was then and this is now. Perron is in Edmonton with a blank page in front of him and if the pre-season were to count as the intro, this book could be a fascinating one this season. Let’s get to the over/under on Perron.