Oct 7, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron (57) scores a shoot out goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Magnus Who?

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?

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  • Chad Lee

    How did you think MPS could mature into a player like Perron?? He has never been a scorer, Perron has. Completely different players. So glad Mactavish isn’t as out to lunch as many of the copper and blue fans

    • Roy

      I think MPS showed some great promise in his rookie year. His production was somewhat similar to Perron’s in his rookie year. Unfortunately MPS did not maintain his offensive production to start the following year and chose to focus on his defensive play. Likely a bit of self preservation to keep himself in the line-up. Not all players mature at the same pace. Some have set backs and find their way in later years. As of now, MPS is not the same player as Perron, and for the moment the trade was a good one for the Oilers.

  • Cody Anderson

    I had high hopes for Magnus as well, and was disappointed that he did not get better opportunities here. I don’t think he will ever have near the skill that Perron has, but he showed great promise defensively, and was so fast that he drew a lot of penalties. Size was the biggest reason most had such high hopes for Magnus and he never really seemed to feel comfortable with the physical game.
    I think they will both have long successful careers, but this was a homerun for the Oilers.

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