HITCH TALKS PERRON

Lowetide
July 19 2013 09:49PM

For Oiler fans, the big acquisition this summer was David Perron. A skilled winger with a nice resume, we're excited to see what he can do, see how many goals he can score alongside the young and talented forwards in Edmonton. Perron's exit from St. Louis was a bit of surprise, but cap worries made it necessary. What did his coach think of him? Good things. Good things.

HITCHCOCK THRILLER

In an article by Norm Sanders from the News Democrat, Hitchcock was quite forthcoming about his former winger. The interview is here, and I'm not going to quote too much of the article (there's quite a bit about Magnus Paajarvi too) and would suggest you click through and read it.

  • Hitchcock: "Him and I had a good relationship because I really respected the fact that he was coming back from a significant injury. I really felt like he was a guy that when you had him on the ice, you were one step away from scoring a goal all the time.He was a dangerous player offensively, so the other team was always on edge against him."

Terrific quote from an outstanding coach, and Perron's numbers imply we're looking at a superior offensive player in comparison to Paajarvi:

  • Perron in the NHL per 82 games: 20-28-48
  • Paajarvi in the NHL per 82 games: 13-16-29

There are all kinds of reasons for the gap--Perron is older, more established, plays more minutes and 5x4 minutes--but I don't think anyone can reasonably argue about Perron being the better offensive player.

For his part, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish had kind words for Paajarvi at the time of the deal:

  • MacT: “Hated to get rid of him. Hard guy to part with, such a good guy, really fit in well with the culture of the group and the work ethic. He is very much still developing. He’s going to be a good player.

REAR WINDOW

Hindsight is 20/20, but most onlookers believe the Perron-Paajarvi trade was pretty fair, the 2nd round pick going to the Blues making up for the gap in age, experience and offensive ability in the two players exchanged.

For his part, Perron seems excited to be in Edmonton for the coming seasons.

  • Perron: "Just having the chance to play on the Edmonton Oilers will be fun, with the type of hockey they play, St. Louis makes its game a little after the LA Kings style, while Edmonton is looking to be more like Chicago or Detroit. It’s definitely nice to come into a situation like that."

There's not much doubt offensive players prefer the wide open style, and the Oilers freewheel as well as anyone in the conference.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Sometimes in life we fall ass-over-tea-kettle into something good, and most often we don't really trust our good fortune. The Hitchcock article, married to Perron's on-ice performance and the boxcars, suggests to me that David Perron is the real deal--an offensive winger made available only because the cap crunch gave St. Louis the Blues.

And Edmonton was there with the assets to take advantage. A very nice result.

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#51 Crackenbury
July 20 2013, 02:37PM
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@Smokey

The Oilers must be putting "angry juice" in the kool-aid.

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#52 oilerman53
July 20 2013, 03:42PM
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The addition of Hartnell and Coburn gives this team that missing dimension. When we go over to the same division as LA and San Jose the bigger more physical bodies will be able to run with thos huge teams. Hartnell is a dream come true for Edmonton, big rough forward with 30 goal potential. Coburn would solidify a back end with a big bodied defensenan who can chip in offensively from time to time. I think Gagner would be better suited to the East, that division has a lot of smaller skilled teams like Pittsburgh and New York. Perfect fit in Philly.

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#53 2004Z06
July 20 2013, 07:17PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Yeah I pretty much agree. I don't know if Peckham will play well for CHI, but letting him go for nothing and then bringing in freaking Grebeshkov was perplexing. I am not loving some of Mactavish's decisions. It looks like another year in wonderland under the administration of Lord of the Rings Kevin Lowe.

Perplexing? One can move the puck, one can't. Mac T was pretty clear about that.

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#54 2004Z06
July 20 2013, 07:24PM
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michael wrote:

I'll take one dimensional Gagner every night of the season if he puts up points the way he does when he plays with those other one dimensional players like Nuge, Yak, Hall and Eberle. More 8 point nights.

Yes he puts up points, but for every point he gets, he gives up two to the opposition.

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#55 Spydyr
July 20 2013, 07:33PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

You actually used plus minus to discuss an individual on the worst team in the league over the last six years. A team that boasted Khabibulin as their MVP? A team that hasn't had a top two D-man since Pronger left?

Career plus minus on the Oilers team over the last six years is a bogus stat. Over six seasons of playing on a LOSER team like ours, and he's averaged single digit minus? I think that's actually pretty good.

Perhaps if he was +48 the team would not be as you put it "a LOSER team".Maybe the next 2C will be that player.

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#56 Mjolnir
July 20 2013, 09:14PM
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This really was an awesome trade. Although, if it does go south, I could see Mac T firing up his 8 track and listening to Maggie May until Edmonton runs out of scotch.

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#57 andrewmk20
July 21 2013, 06:42PM
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@2004Z06

Definitely agree with that. Also Grebeshkov played top 4 minutes here before he priced himself off the team. Whether you like him or not he is an upgrade over Peckham, especially in the pucking moving and skating department.

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#58 Joy S. Lee
July 22 2013, 09:22PM
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I'm intrigued by Perron, if for no other reason than MacT gushed about his hands. Another finisher in this team's top 6, it's starting to look a little like Christmas.

And I've been one of Paajarvi's biggest supporters since the WJC BEFORE he was drafted. However, sick skill is always intriguing, and when mixed in with Hall/Eberle/RNH/Yakupov, every one of them can snipe. If they hit their stride, this could be a lot of fun.

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