It's been a long trek back into fantasy hockey relevance, but St. Louis forward David Perron
has certainly started to turn some heads.
A first round draft choice back in 2007 (No. 26), Perron finished his rookie season with 13 goals, 27 points and a plus-16 rating in 62 games for the Blues. He followed that campaign up with 50 points and 50 penalty minutes in 81 games, earning him a big breakout-tag for the 2009-10 season. He fell short of expectations, posting just 47 points in a full season to go along with a diminished minus-10 rating, but hockey analysts and fantasy players everywhere still knew there was more in Perron's game.
Left Wing - STL
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 25
SOG: 68 | +/-: 11
Then came the 2010-11 season.
Things got off to a good start, with 5 goals, 2 assists, a plus-7 rating and 12 penalty minutes in his first 10 games and a swagger that made fans everywhere realize this kid would eventually become a household name in fantasy leagues for years to come. But in the 10th game (one in which he scored a goal), Perron took a hit from Sharks forward Joe Thornton that would put him out of the game for well over a year.
After completing his rehabilitation from a concussion, Perron returned to the NHL on Dec. 3, 2011 against the Blackhawks and scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season. Thirty games later, Perron is clearly making a statement around the NHL: He's back, and he's for real.
Fantasy owners need to add Perron to their rosters immediately. He's available in 74 percent of Yahoo! Leagues and has been one of the hottest players in the game lately with 6 goals and 2 assists during his current five-game point-scoring streak. With his recent hot streak, he now has a stat line that makes him a must start in every fantasy league: 10 G, 25 points, plus-11, 20 PIMs, 6 PPP and 68 SOG.
There is not a flaw in his game right now. He is currently playing left wing on St. Louis' top line with T.J. Oshie
and David Backes
, and is also receiving nearly three minutes of power-play ice time per game out of his total of about 19 minutes ice time. The Blues are one of the better teams in the NHL, and they have only improved more since the return of Perron.
He's starting to get the attention he deserves in reality and it's time fantasy owners gave him the same.