ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock has seen a lot of NHL hockey during his 15-year coaching career, but what he saw from a guy that hadn't seen game action in over a year impressed the 59-year-old as much as anything he's seen.
"He's really going to help us. Holy smokes," said Hitchcock about winger David Perron. "He's really a good player. He's going to really help this team.
"About four more like him, we'll be fine."
Perron made his return to the NHL Saturday night after a 97-game layoff following a concussion last season. He scored the first goal of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but in the end, it was not the happy ending -- or result -- that Perron and the Blues were looking for in a 5-2 loss.
But Perron was on the money with a sharp-angle goal, he was deft with the puck and showed little or no signs of missing more than a year of competition.