David Perron

David Perron

36-Year-Old Right WingRW
Ottawa Senators
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Perron finished second on the Red Wings in goals (24), points (56), power-play points (22) and shots on goal (195) during his first season with the team after signing a two-year, $9.5 million contract in July of 2022. He also placed seventh on Detroit with 107 hits. Perron spent most of 2022-23 playing alongside Dylan Larkin, which should be the case again this year. The offseason addition of Alex DeBrincat will provide the top line of the Red Wings with an additional boost. Perron will also be playing for a new contract this season, as he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. He has 60-point potential for the 2023-24 campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Senators in July of 2024.
Inks two-year deal
RWOttawa Senators
July 1, 2024
Perron signed a two-year, $8 million contract with Ottawa on Monday.
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Perron accounted for 17 goals, 47 points, 151 shots on net and 111 hits in 76 regular-season outings for Detroit in 2023-24. The 36-year-old forward should be able to supply some secondary scoring for the Senators in 2024-25 as a middle-six option.
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There were a ton of over-the-top contracts handed out this past summer, but Perron's two-year, $9.5 million deal with Detroit seems like easily one of the best values. Perron turned 34 in May but displayed no signs of slowing down in his final season with the Blues, posting 27 goals and 57 points in 67 games. Perron has also been one of the league's best players with the man advantage, posting 20-plus power-play points each of the past three years. Perron lacks the fantasy ceiling a good portion of the other players selected in his range provide on draft day, but very few can match his floor.
Aging like a fine wine, Perron produced 19 goals and 39 assists in 56 games last season, besting the point-per-game threshold for the first time in his career. The winger's 18:33 of ice time per game was his highest mark since 2013-14, when he skated 19:08 per contest with the Oilers. At 33 years old, it would be unwise to expect Perron to continue improving, but the only two 60-point campaigns of his career have come in the last four years, and he would have had a third if not for last season's shortened schedule. The Quebec native should have a decent chance at 20 goals, 55 points and a significant role on the power play in 2021-22 -- solid numbers if taken in the early-to-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Perron had another impressive year last season, notching 25 goals, 35 assists, 27 power-play points and a career-high nine game-winning goals while firing 177 shots on net in 71 contests. The 32-year-old winger averaged 18:19 of ice time per contest, 2:59 of which came on the power play, while being featured in St. Louis' top six and on its first power-play unit. Perron may start to show signs of decline soon having already played 13 NHL seasons since entering the league at the age of 19 in 2007, but there's no reason to expect a sharp drop-off in 2020-21. As long as he's able to stay healthy, it's safe to assume Perron will be able to continue to produce at a 20-plus goal, 60-plus point pace during the upcoming campaign, making him a nice addition in the middle rounds of this year's fantasy drafts.
Despite being traded by the Blues and being left available in the Golden Knights' expansion draft, Perron signed his fourth contract (four years, $16 million) in St. Louis last summer. His dedication finally paid off as he hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time. Although he rarely had consistent linemates and missed 25 games due to an upper-body injury, Perron had an excellent campaign with 23 goals and 23 assists in 57 games, including a 17-game point streak. With few additions this offseason, the 31-year-old will likely slot in on the second or third line and continue manning the power play.
Perron signed a four-year, $16 million contract to return to St. Louis after recording 66 points in 70 games with Golden Knights in 2017-18. The power forward was selected from the Blues in the expansion draft and went on to have a career year in Vegas. The 30-year-old was slotted into a top-six role and delivered offensive production at a consistent rate. Perron was a 20-goal scorer in two of his previous six seasons with the Blues and could hit that mark once again in 2018-19. It's unlikely that he'll finish another season in the 70-point range, especially if he slots onto the Blues' third line, but Perron will see power-play time and has the skill to post a healthy goal total in his return to St.Louis.
Leaving your date unattended at a dance is a risky move, yet that’s exactly what the Blues did with Perron. After he came back to the franchise that made him a 2007 first-round pick, St. Louis left him unprotected in the expansion draft, and he was subsequently picked up by the Golden Knights. Fans were surprised to see that the Blues elected to protect enforcer Ryan Reaves instead of Perron, especially after he veteran played every game last season and posted 46 points, good for fifth on the team. Perron was lethargic in the postseason, though, tallying just one assist in 11 games before being benched during the final game. Following the change of scenery, the 29-year-old winger could be due for his best season yet, as Vegas will lean heavily on him and James Neal for offensive production. Perron will play on the Golden Knights’ top line and clock substantial time on the man advantage, where he posted 13 points last season. He’s talented enough to capitalize on those opportunities, and if he can avoid injury, he could approach his career-high 57 points.
Which Perron will show up in 2016-17? The pathetic puppy that failed in Pittsburgh or the aggressive thoroughbred who starred on Anaheim's top line? Gulp. Last season was one of serious lows and delicious highs for this speed demon. Perron failed to find a fit with the Pens' stars and delivered a paltry 16 points and a minus-13 rating in his first 43 games. That earned him a trade to Anaheim where he almost immediately clicked with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, draining 20 points (with a plus-12 rating) in 28 games. Perron is back where it all started for him and he'll step straight into the top six for the Blues, in large part because the team has so few right shots after the departure of David Backes and Troy Brouwer. He's not a 60-point winger, but he could return to the 40-45 point plateau because he just loves to fire the puck. And he'll get you 150 shots, 100 hits and 50 PIM, too. Perron is a decent mid-range pick because of this versatility, but head-to-head owners need to swallow hard before picking him up. He still delivers in fits and spurts, and that's always a bad recipe in head-to-head formats.
After one successful season and half of a not-so-successful one with the Oilers, Perron escaped the doldrums of Edmonton for a chance to skate alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh. He's likely to find himself playing sidekick for one of Pittsburgh's star centers -- probably Malkin -- in the top six, and while that's usually a formula for productivity, it's worth noting that Perron totaled a pretty modest 22 points to go with a minus-8 rating and 42 PIM in 43 games after coming over to Pittsburgh last year. While the inconsistency he's flashed throughout his career should make fantasy owners wary of spending a high pick on Perron, when he can stay healthy, he's a solid points-and-PIM guy, with additional upside from there.
It looks like all that Perron needed was indeed a change of scenery to reignite his stagnant career. Perron had clashed with management in St. Louis, but ended up being a gift from above for the Oilers when he delivered 28 goals and 29 assists last season. He will once again anchor the second line for the Oilers along with Nail Yakupov, who could finally be ready to blossom. It remains to be seen who might join Perron and Yakupov as the pivot for that line. Sam Gagner is no longer with the team, so Perron could find himself mentoring Leon Draisaitl (the Oilers’ top pick in June’s NHL Entry Draft) or flanking a rotating group of centers until someone steps up to claim the job. This is not the ideal situation for production, but Perron should still approach the 30-goal plateau and deliver eight-to-10 power-play goals.
Perron was acquired this offseason in a trade with the Blues. He has always been a solid point producer for the Blues, but could see that total go way up playing with a much more talented offensive team. And a possible gig alongside Nail Yakupov and Sam Gagner should have him and his fantasy owners absolutely giddy. Fifty-five points seems reasonable.
As a restricted free agent, Perron signed a multi-year deal with the Blues in the offseason and will return as the team's most potent scorer. After Perron proved he's past the concussion that wiped out his 2010-11 season, the Blues made him a top offseason priority. He scored a career-high 21 goals and did it in just 57 games. More than any other forward on the team, Perron is the one most likely to top the 30-goal mark. He's definitely top-six material, most likely on the top line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie, and he'll see time on the power play as well.
Perron remains the biggest question mark for the Blues entering the 2011-12 season. He never returned from a November concussion and his status is in limbo as we enter training camp. He was the Blues� scoring leader at the time of his injury and showing signs as a dangerous scorer (17.2 shooting percentage). The Blues have signed several veteran forwards as insurance, but are quick to point out we should not read anything into them relative to Perron�s health. Without him, the team has few capable of filling his role; with him, they have a legitimate top-line scorer.
Perron hit the 20-goal mark in 2008-09, making it the second straight season he's increased his scoring. But that was something to be expected from the 22-year-old, who saw his ice time increase as well. On a team in need of goal scoring, he's considered one of the Blues' top marksmen. If only he had a sense of the other parts of the game (defending, decision-making, maturity), the Blues really might have something special here. He's a top-six forward on this team, likely starting the season as the first-line left winger along with Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes.
Perron, 21, is another young guy that played well beyond his years in 2008-09. He will open the year as the right wing on a line with Andy McDonald and David Backes. This unit closed last season as the best line the Blues had. His 35 assists were second on the team last season, and he should continue to pile up points with these two proven scorers while getting an increase in ice time.
Perron wowed Blues fans with his flash and finished an amazing plus-16 as a rookie on a struggling club last season. (His closest teammate in plus-minus was Jay McKee at plus-2.) Perron seemed frustrated at times with the lack of talent around him which didn't sit well with coaches and teammates, but the team's brass claims Perron has shown leadership traits around the stock of young talent in the system. He will almost certainly improve on his 13-goal, 14-assist output of last season and could continue his rapid improvement over the last three successive seasons including: 1) Undrafted as an 18-year-old before going back to the QMJHL 2) 1st-round (26th overall) choice; and 3) 62 games of NHL experience.
Perron tore up the QMJHL last season with 39 goals and 44 assists for the Lewiston Maineiacs. He is a top-10 caliber prospect for the Blues with a decent shot of making the team out of training camp this season. However, he won't be thrust into a lead role right away even if he does make the team, so don't overrate him. A more likely scenario sees him returning to the minors, but for those of you in keeper leagues, this guy is one to watch.
Perron's play in the Memorial Cup opened a lot of eyes -- he's an extremely gifted stickhandler with loads of pure talent and speed. He gets pushed around a lot so he needs to bulk up but he could be a nice complementary scorer on a top line some day. Just remember, though -- he was passed over his first time through the NHL Entry Draft (he was eligible in 2006). He has great skill but he's also a year older than the rest of this draft class.
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Two points in season-saving win
RWDetroit Red Wings
April 14, 2024
Perron registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Maple Leafs.
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Picks up apple in loss
RWDetroit Red Wings
March 18, 2024
Perron recorded an assist to complement a season-high six shots on goal in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Penguins.
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Slides pair of helpers
RWDetroit Red Wings
March 9, 2024
Perron notched two assists, four shots on goal, three hits and two PIM in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Sets up two goals in win
RWDetroit Red Wings
February 28, 2024
Perron registered a pair of assists in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Capitals.
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Brushes twine in commanding win
RWDetroit Red Wings
February 18, 2024
Perron scored in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Flames.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Hoping to stay in Motor City
RWDetroit Red Wings
April 18, 2024
Perron would like to re-sign with the Red Wings ahead of the 2024-25 campaign, Sean Shapiro of EP Rinkside reports Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Perron fell just three points shy of hitting the 50-point threshold for the fifth straight season in 2023-24. Perron should have plenty of suitors on the open market if a contract extension with Detroit doesn't materialize.
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