By Kyle Shohara
David Perron hasn’t taken his foot off the gas since he arrived in Anaheim a little more than a month ago. Struggling to find consistency in Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old left wing has flourished in his brief time with the Ducks – specifically the chemistry he’s found with captain Ryan Getzlaf.
He's averaging nearly a point per game, with 6-8–14 points in 15 contests, and, since making his Ducks debut on Jan. 17 vs. Los Angeles, Perron ranks second among NHL leaders in plus/minus (+13). He also ranks tied for second on the club in goals and scoring and ranks third in assists following his arrival from Pittsburgh.
After a recent practice, the Sherbrooke, Quebec native sat down and answered questions, some of which were submitted from Ducks fans via Twitter using the hashtag #AskPerron.You’ve been in Orange County for a little over a month now. What’s it been like getting to and from places here?
There are highways with a lot of lanes out here, and even carpool lanes. It’s definitely different than anywhere else I’ve driven. But it’s nice knowing wherever you’re going, there’s nice weather. It’s pretty cool to be here.
|"You can go to different places and just be yourself. People will recognize you, but there are so many people here, it’s tough to get recognized at the same time. That’s definitely nice." |
Is there a benefit for playing on different teams from different conferences, or perhaps playing in two different hockey markets?
There are different markets and cultures. I got to play in Edmonton – which is crazy for hockey – and experienced winter even more. And then you come here where it’s nice weather every day. You can go to different places and just be yourself. People will recognize you, but there are so many people here, it’s tough to get recognized at the same time. That’s definitely nice. You can also make a lot of relationships with players, staff and trainers. That’s also nice.Was there added pressure playing in a hockey-mad city like Edmonton?
When you don’t win that often, the pressure builds up. You put a lot of pressure on yourself. When you’re winning, you can just play and do your thing because it’s been working. That’s what makes you feel better. The pressure is always there. It’s just a different way of approaching it.Do you sing?
Maybe in the car during the summer when I’m feeling good and it’s a nice day out. I live on a lake in the summer. It has to be country music though.Do you snack? If so, what are your favorite snacks?
Growing up, you like snacking. Over the years, you try to eat healthier. I like Whole Foods Market though. It’s probably my favorite. I always end up getting a lot of stuff from there, like Chia bars.
What’s your favorite karaoke song?
There are a bunch of country songs that I like, but I like Chicken Fried
by Zac Brown Band. It’s old now – probably 10 years old. I wouldn’t say I karaoke very often though.What nickname do you go by here since “Pears” [Corey Perry’s nickname] is already taken?
We’re still trying to figure it out here. Some guys are calling me “DP” for my initials, and Getzy sometimes calls me “P.” It’s going to sort itself out. With Pears being here, it makes things tougher [laughs], but we’ll see how it goes.Do you like to read?
I’ll read different things for general knowledge. Now with the internet, there is so much to read, so I haven’t bought many books recently. I actually went to the bookstore yesterday to get my kid some books. I got him Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
and some tongue-twisters. It’s good for them and good for me because it helps me practice my English. [Laughs].What was your wife's [Vanessa] reaction when she found out you had been traded to Anaheim?
She was extremely excited. We’ve been in different cities with different weather and cultures, and – for her to come here – there are so many things to do. The beach is right there, there’s Fashion Island [The Perrons reside in Newport Beach], and LA isn’t too far. It makes it a lot easier on her not having to dress the little one [they have a seven-month-old baby, Mason] every morning like it’s winter outside. She can enjoy it maybe a little bit more, not that she wasn’t enjoying it anywhere else.
What's the significance of No. 57?
|"Some guys are calling me “DP” for my initials, and Getzy sometimes calls me “P.” It’s going to sort itself out. With Pears being here, it makes things tougher [laughs], but we’ll see how it goes." |
It was given to me in training camp during my first year in St. Louis. I ended up making the team. Initially, I didn’t really like the number, but it wasn’t because it was a high number. It was more because it felt like the higher numbers were training camp numbers. I couldn’t wait for them to ask me to change it. And then three or four months later they asked me if I wanted a different number. By that time a few people bought my jersey, so I felt bad. I actually started to like the number more and more because it was unique and no one really had it.How do you enjoy the style of play here in Anaheim?
I love it. I think team speed is everywhere in the league now. It’s not that we play that much different. Teams out west just like to grind it out in the offensive zone and make it tough to get knocked off the puck. It’s really hard for the defenders when they know it’s not going to be an easy game to take the puck away from you. With the guys we have, we can make plays at any time in the game. That’s the thing I like the most about being here.
Who are you closest with on the team?
Kevin Bieksa has really helped me out a lot. We’ve been out to restaurants on the road. The [two-week road trip] was really nice for all of us to bond, but he’s the one who I’ve gotten closer with. He’s a really good guy.