Perron Provides Blues An Offensive Spark
David Perron is finally hitting his stride, it would seem, after the numbers he posted this past week. The Blues winger has posted 6 goals and two assists in his last five games and has garnered enough attention from the league to be named the 3rd star of the week just a couple days ago.
The only fault that was being knocked around about Perron when we was coming into the league was his size, he was too little. However, up too now, since coming back back from a concussion that put his short NHL career on hold for over a year, he has played a very big game for the St. Louis Blues, boosting their struggling offence immensely since his return.
Hopefully More Celebrations Concerning a Goal by David Perron Can Continue for the Blues.
(Associated Press, Feb. 12th, 2012)
Perron was always thought to be a scorer. Someone who could play both wings and be an attacking force. The native of Sherbrooke, Quebec had the speed and the hands that would make him an easy choice in the 1st round, 26th overall by the Blues in the 2007 NHL entry draft. His pick hopefully would be able to provide the team with some more spunk to their lineup up front.
Perron was drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he played for the Lewiston Maineiacs. He only played one year for the team but that year he put up 83 points, 39 goals and 44 assists, to lead the team to a President's Cup, awarded to the winner of the QMJHL, and also a Memorial Cup berth.
Perron jumped right into the Blues line up the year after getting drafted and seemed to be able to carry over his scoring prowess that he held in junior hockey to the professional leagues. In his first year he played in 62 games and put up a very respectable number of 27 points for a rookie. In his sophomore season with the Blues he played his first full season dressing for 81 games. Perron was able to improve on his rookie stats and managed 50 points. In his 2009 – 10 campaign Perron held around the same point total with 47 points in 82 games.
It was in his next season with the Blues, 2010-11, where his blossoming career took a turn for the worst. Perron was hit on November 4th by the San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton, halting a hot streak of 5 goals in 6 games leading up to the hit.
It was then a long road, a slow road, but one that Perron knew he had to take to return back to the game. He was not going to risk anything. So he sat out for more than a year, and 97 games, before finally making his return to the ice on December 3rd 2011 against the Chicago Blackhawks, even adding a goal in his debut.
The return was a welcome addition for the Blues who have been struggling throughout the season for some consistent goal production. With Perron catching fire in the last week, and consistently playing well since his return from injury, hopefully his goal scoring trend can continue. Perron has raised the bar on his goal production every year (not including the year that was cut short from the concussion) and it may very well be possible for him to do it yet again this year, even with the shortened campaign coming back from injury. He currently has posted 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in his 31 games played this season.
With the deadline approaching the Blues are going to have some work to sort out for themselves. Whether they are going to try and find some more scoring via a trade, and/or keep the faith in Perron and company to keep their games stepped up. They also have recently welcomed Andy McDonald back into the lineup, and if Alexander Steen can return sooner or later, also out with a concussion, the Blues goal scoring problems may disappear.
The Return of Alex Steen Will be of Substantial Help to the Blues. He Had 24 points in 36 Games Before His Injury.
The addition of more offensive depth, with McDonald back in and Perron finally hitting his full stride, it takes some of the pressure off of other players, particularly Chris Stewart, who can now play their normal, natural game, rather than trying to pick up the lack of scoring.
No matter which route the Blues decide to take leading up to trade deadline day on February 27th 2012, either by adding players or keeping the group they have and banking on players coming back from injury, they will no doubt be a stronger team than what they already put out on the ice.
Keep an eye out in the upcoming days for a breakdown of which areas the Blues may need to address via a trade, and what available players may be the best fit.