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2014 NHL Draft
David Perron

David Perron  #57

Edmonton Oilers  Left Wing
NUMBER: 57 BIRTHDATE: May 28, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 198 DRAFTED: STL / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (26th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> This season, Perron leads the Blues with 24 assists (4-24-28) in his first 43 games. As one of three 2007 draft picks to make an NHL roster in 2007-08 (Patrick Kane - Chicago, Sam Gagner - Edmonton), he scored 13 goals (13-14-27) in 62 games. <br /> <br /> He participated in last years YoungStars game, scoring the fifth goal in a 7-6 loss to the Eastern Conference. Perron commented on his selection last year: &quot;Nobody would even think I was supposed to make the team, and I had it in my mind to go to that (YoungStars) game -- and now I end up going. It's nice to go, and I'm going to have fun there.&quot; <br /> <br /> Perron was passed over twice in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft (he was eventually drafted in the sixth round of the QMJHL draft in 2005) and once in the NHL Draft (2006) before being selected by the Blues in 2007 (26th overall). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On not scoring as many goals in his second season: &quot;Sometimes if you worry too much about the little stuff, you end up not playing your game anymore. That's what I've been trying to do more lately. If you make some good plays out there, everything is going to take care of itself, and that's what I've been trying to do.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his emotions as a rookie: &quot;I was getting mad for not playing instead of just looking at it like, 'When you're on the ice, you play and when you're not, you can't play.' That's pretty much what it is for every player, but you have to learn how to deal with everything. It will be hard again this year if some things happen, but I'm confident of the playing time I'll get this year.&quot; <br /> <br /> On adjusting to the NHL last year: &quot;There's rough times and great moments. It's much faster than junior. But playing with better players helps your game. Passes are on the tape, the game is faster, players are positioned well. You're trained to get into that, be the best player you can.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk: &quot;He was 18 years old when he came in. It's a different ballgame when you come into the NHL at that young of an age. Everybody learns. He obviously put a lot of work in over the summer. He has the potential to be a top player on this team.&quot; <br /> <br /> Head Coach Andy Murray on pushing Perron to be better: &quot;David was challenged a little bit to elevate his game and to play stronger and harder. If you don't play strong and hard here, you can always go and try to play strong and hard in Peoria. I don't ever consider going to Peoria a punishment. You're trying to help the player get his game going and if that's what it takes, you do it.&quot; <br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

I came into a team that had 65 points, that was at the bottom of the basement, a team that everybody wrote off as never going to be good. My goal is to go from the very bottom to the very top.

— Forward Brandon Dubinsky on signing a six-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets