There are very few players in the NHL that can say they have been on one team three different times. David Perron is one of those players.
He began his Blues career in the previous decade. He scored 50 points in his second year in the NHL and had 20 goals in his third. Most fans were excited.
Unfortunately, the 2010’s didn’t start quite as well. Due to concussions, Perron only played in 10 games in 2010-11 and only 57 games the following year.
Perron did have 42 points in that 57 games, but followed it up with just 25 points in 48 games in the lockout season. The Blues were looking to shake things up and Perron was sent packing to Edmonton.
He seemed to play well, out of spite, for the Oilers, but he found himself in Pittsburgh. The Blues picked him up as a free agent and scored 46 points in 2016-17.
St. Louis exposed him to Vegas in the expansion draft and he exploded for 66 points. The Blues then re-acquired him.
In the last two seasons, since coming back to St. Louis, Perron has combined for 48 goals and 106 points. Not bad for a guy that some questioned bringing back, including myself.
Perron’s first stint with the Blues was a playoff disappointment. However, he flourished under Craig Berube to the tune of seven goals and 16 points on the way to the Stanley Cup.
Perron is one of those guys you cannot judge purely on numbers. His evolution as a player has occurred right before our eyes.
When the Blues first traded him, even if you were upset, you could understand. He has made himself more valuable each time he returned.
Most players don’t get that opportunity. If they bounce around, they start wearing down or just keep moving to another team.
Perron got the rare chance to prove he had grown as a player and person and the Blues were the beneficiaries.