David Perron had only one full year in Edmonton, but it was the most productive of his career. Now as free agency 2016 quickly approaches I suggest that Edmonton tries to bring back Perron who is exactly what the Oilers need this offseason. I suggest this because as Nail Yakupov is moved out our right wing depth evaporates with Jordan Eberle and Iiro Pakarinen as the only natural right shot right wingers even with Yakupov, who plays the right side and shoots left. If Edmonton brought in one or two sandpaper forwards such as Perron, who shoot right, our forward depth would vastly improve.
Why Perron left
David Perron was traded by the Oilers in the 2014-15 season after blasting the team following a lackluster effort against the New Jersey Devils. In his post game interview he called out his teammates saying “Something has to change. When you are making those mistakes, something needs to happen. They are the same mistakes we were doing last year. We keep talking about how much better we are this year, but for me it is the same record now that we had last year. It is not better.” He further calls out management saying “It’s about a full sixty. We need to have accountability from coaches and teammates.” Obviously Perron was not happy with the play of the team much less the way the coach (Dallas Eakins) was running the team.
Why he should return
Perron should return to Edmonton because honestly, things are different. There’s new management, way better coaching staff, better structured team, and centers whose names aren’t post broken jaw Gagner and Mark Arcobello. The Oilers assuming they keep Draisaitl at center have a need for second and third line right wing, Perron would be a great addition to shore that up. He would be available because the Ducks will have limited cap space after making descisions on Sami Vatenen, Hampus Lindholm, Rikard Rakell, Brandon Pirri and Frederik Anderson, to name a few. Currently they have 7 Million in cap space before the UFA/RFA period starts but the Ducks also work on an internal budget and do not generally spend to the cap. Should Perron slip through into free agency Edmonton would be wise to try and resign him.
Perron has been a pretty consistent NHL forward usually averaging between 40-50 points a season, his best being his first with the Oilers at 57 points and 90 PIMS. His hero chart, which I am a big believer in, is as shown:
This chart show that Perron is a solid top-6 winger who has a positive impact on the players around him. He can play on the top line but his optimal position is second line. If he were to return to Edmonton he would most likely be placed on the Second line with Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall who, along with Perron scored a career best 80 points playing mostly with Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
David Perron would be a solid pick up for the Oil if he would return and would help add grit and scoring depth, which contrary to popular belief is a need. How I see the Oilers lines is a little something like this:
Maroon-Nuge (unless traded)-(New addition)
By my count that’s five possibly six new faces depending on trades involving Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle. That is a lot of turnover for one offseason and I doubt that Chiarelli can get it all done. but if he can fill even half of those needs we will see a much improved 2016-2017 Edmonton Oilers team.