GDB 38.0: Perron Sees His Old Team

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2013 01:36PM

The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall tonight to face David Perron’s old squad, the St. Louis Blues, in what will be the first of three meetings between the teams.

The Trade

Craig MacTavish hasn’t had a perfect start to his tenure as general manager, but he’s done some nice things and been willing to make improvements when opportunity has come along. One of those opportunities was Perron, who became available as the Blues needed to cut salary to re-sign players like Alex Pietrangelo.

Thus far, the deal’s been awfully lopsided:

  • David Perron (Edmonton): 33GP, 14G-13A-27PTS.
  • Magnus Paajarvi (St. Louis): 15GP, 2G-0A-2PTS.
  • Second round pick in 2014 (St. Louis): Shaping up to be in the 30-35 range.

Once Paajarvi finds his legs and if that second round pick pans out this should get a little better for St. Louis, but it’s a move that made Edmonton a better team right now, and that’s important. If MacTavish can find three or four more of these the Oilers will be in great shape.

The Opposition

Edmonton hasn’t played the Blues so far this year, but the Blues are a good team and Edmonton has trouble with good teams. Many will focus on them being big and strong and tough but the fact that they’re in playoff position right now is what makes them scary. Take a look at the Oilers’ record this season against teams currently sitting in the top-eight in either conference:

  • Team inside the top eight: 2-17-2
  • Team outside the top eight: 9-6-1

Edmonton’s been pretty good against bad teams, but has been getting hammered by the good ones (an 8-2 win over Colorado notwithstanding).

The Lineup

Some interesting items there. With all of 12 healthy forwards, Dalls Eakins hasn’t got much in the way of choices, so he’s put together a power-vs.-power line, a tough minutes line and done what he can with the rest. With Luke Gazdic on the wing it’s a good bet that Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are the “fourth” line and will be spotted against the weakest available opposition; maybe it will help. The other line is super interesting, because Lander has struggled so far and finally gets a skilled guy (and a guy a lot like his AHL sidekick Linus Omark) on his wing. Jesse Joensuu isn’t exactly a prize as the other winger, but he’s comparable to one guy Lander’s been playing with and better than the other.

On defence it’s just nice to see Philip Larsen, the team’s seventh-best defenceman, taking a seat.

Predictions

Game day prediction: A 1-0 St. Louis Blues victory 

Obvious game day prediction: Dallas Eakins gets many opportunities to work on his facial expressions. They range from incredulous (really, that's a penalty now?) to disgusted (the power play bobbles the puck at the blueline because of course it does) to resigned (well, they were going to score eventually) to a clear desire that he had stayed in the AHL.

Not-so-obvious gameday prediction: While this will be a one-sided and boring game, it won't be the most boring game of the season. That's coming in March when Edmonton next plays the Los Angeles Kings.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#251 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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fuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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#252 Robfra50
December 21 2013, 10:22PM
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@Jay

That was a good laugh thanks man hahaha.....though good point about last year.

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#253 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:13PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

He did show up, though I agree with ya

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#254 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 08:37AM
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Spydyr wrote:

The WJC is the Team Canada I was referring to at this point.Fourtunaly Lowe is no where near that team.His draft pick last year could not even make that team.

Ouch. Very ouch baby. I was kinda expecting Nurse to make the cut, ya know all things considered. Well as this team - on a pro rated - basis will finish with no more than 51 pts in April (that's when golf season starts. I hear the Oilers are extremely proficient at that sport). Almost mid-season now and 5 other teams have reached 51 pts!!!! Sam Reinhart or Ekblad will probably seek psychiatric help after the Oilers select them at the draft.....

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#255 Chet134
December 22 2013, 10:12AM
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The oilers management has obviously throwing in the towel to this season. Don't be stupid and fix this mess. Let's suck again next year and draft Mcdavid. That's managements Christmas present to the fans

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#256 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 22 2013, 12:45PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

We all love hockey so you can't be blamed for wanting to see it. just don't buy anything while your there. Sneak in water. Give those Pri*&s as little of you money as possible. Unfair that they can hold us hostage because we love the game

So since this gets trashed we should throw more money at this team as fans? Show our displeasure by feeding the ineptitude?

cool beans

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#257 I tried it at home
December 21 2013, 07:08PM
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In honour of M. D. Perron, I just want to say this: Nous Sommes Visses. Merci.

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#258 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 08:05PM
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3-2 Oil. Goals by Yakupov, Perron, Shultz Sr.

GOILERS!

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#259 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:16PM
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Gazdic, Perron, Potter penalties seem to have gotten themselves.

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#260 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#261 He Who Knows
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#262 He Who Knows
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#263 He Who Knows
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Oh damn here's the link to a good chuckle when losing. http://youtu.be/V-KAoQ6mgNk

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#264 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:12PM
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@Rod from Viking

Damn I missed that......hopefully a replay will show that.

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#265 Serious Gord
December 22 2013, 12:02AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

Thanks.

Btw

If Hall really was a no-show on cbcs after hours that is a huge deal.

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#266 TeddyTurnbuckle
December 22 2013, 12:54AM
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@Rod from Viking

That's a good one. I laughed pretty hard.

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#267 Hell the time
December 22 2013, 11:20AM
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Next jersey toss should be on Saturday because the Oilers don't seem to win on hockey night in Canada so we no its gonna be a loss.

And do it before the players are off the ice.

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#268 Impartial Oilers Fan
December 22 2013, 03:50PM
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@FireKLowe

Was Eakins a former Oiler?! Nope, so there goes that useless theory.

I really wish that the vocal Oilers fans would be a bit more intelligent, rather than just recycling the same garbage like the Old Boys club.

Because, how could it ever be on the players to have any kind of accountability?!!? You guys that blame management are bordering on pathetic. Spewing the same topic without any substance.

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#269 Impartial Oilers Fan
December 22 2013, 03:50PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

How is it that the Oilers never went after a local guy like Ken Hitchcock? Oh wait, he's not a former Oiler ... Got it!

Was Eakins a former Oiler?! Nope, so there goes that useless theory.

I really wish that the vocal Oilers fans would be a bit more intelligent, rather than just recycling the same garbage like the Old Boys club.

Because, how could it ever be on the players to have any kind of accountability?!!? You guys that blame management are bordering on pathetic. Spewing the same topic without any substance.

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#270 2004Z06
December 22 2013, 06:37PM
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Stands were full again last night....go figure!

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