When the initial shock of being traded wore off for David Perron, the new left wing of the Edmonton Oilers couldn't help but speak highly of his skilled teammates that the Sherbrooke, Quebec, native feels will give him a smooth transition.
"I think Edmonton's style of play might fit me a little better. That's why I'm really looking forward to that situation. I gave my all in St. Louis. I was hoping for better success in the playoffs as a team last year and the year before, but it didn't work out."
-- Oilers forward David Perron
Perron initially heard the rumors his name was on the trade market around the 2013 NHL Draft, and was hoping in the end none of them would come to fruition.
Perron, 25, was part of a core group the Blues put together in the immediate years following the 2004-05 lockout, one that was supposed to bring the franchise from the bottom of the NHL to its first Stanley Cup with gradual progression. But he won't get the opportunity to see that vision through and now will go to an organization that seems to suit his style more so than St. Louis.