I have to admit I was a MPS fan. And although I saw the potential in the trade that brought Perron to Edmonton I also feared the potential that may have been lost. Not only did MPS show stretches of great play but he appeared to be a quality individual. A player you could bump into in the real world and have a genuine conversation with. Perhaps the uncertainty of leaving his country so young coupled with the pressure of high expectations set back his development. Whatever the reasons, I still hope MPS can get his career back on track.
Enter David Perron. Exactly what I had hoped MPS would eventually mature into. I know it is early in the season but Perron has made me forget all about MPS. Perron not only has great skill but he plays a heavy game. He defends the puck well and leans on the opposition regularly. He appears to be the type of player that may not always initiate contact but he certainly doesn’t try to avoid it. I believe the terminology is something along the thought of that he plays through the opposition to get to where he wants to go.
In a non-capped system St. Louis likely doesn’t make this trade. But at the time, for the salary restructuring they needed to achieve, something had to be sacrificed. So they shipped out proven ability for potential ability. Sometimes it works and sometime it doesn’t. Throughout the years in Edmonton we have certainly experienced our share of it not working out. So for a change, hopefully in a few years’ time, we will be the one’s looking back and thinking Magnus who?