3. David Perron
When I am wrong, I am wrong. I have to admit that here.
When the Blues signed David Perron, I was mildly irritated. I bore no ill will toward him. I simply thought it was a bad move.
My logic was that he was not going to put up the same numbers he did in Vegas with the Blues. They were not going to play him as high in their lineup and he would not be free of defensive responsibility as he was with the Golden Knights.
It was a night and day scenario with the style the Blues played. Perron was familiar with that style, having only been gone a season, but it just did not make much sense to go to the well for a third time. Nobody is right all the time.
While I was correct in the point total argument, 46 points vs. 66 points, I was not right overall. Perron was huge for this team when they needed him the most.
Perron went on a career high personal scoring streak. From December 20 to March 23, there was not a game he played in that he did not record a point. Only injury broke up his 17-game streak, but keeping it going after coming back might be more impressive.
Just as interesting was his reemergence as a goal scorer. Most of his points in Vegas came from assists. 23 goals for the Blues was his most since 2013-14, his first year with Edmonton. That’s turning back the clock.
As mentioned, these came during the team’s most desperate hour too. When nobody was scoring and the team was in the basement, Perron was helping to keep the offense afloat.
He was also keeping a putrid power play afloat too. His seven goals on special teams was the most for him since that same 2013-14 season and ranked second on this team.
He could not have gotten healthy at a better time. The Blues need him to carry it all over to the playoffs, but his regular season was impressive on its own merit.