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Perron of Golden Knights no stranger to moving

Veteran forward looking to fill new apartment as well as net with fifth NHL team

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Vegas Golden Knights practice was long over and the final meeting of the day wrapped up Friday, but David Perron and Jonathan Marchessault had more work to do.

The Golden Knights forwards headed to Ikea.

 

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Perron, 29, has changed teams five times since 2013 -- from the St. Louis Blues to the Edmonton Oilers to the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks to St. Louis to Vegas -- so he knows something about moving days. On Friday, he was looking for a few items to furnish his latest home.

"My furniture is in storage," Perron said. "I've always had a three- or four-bedroom house. All my furniture is for a bigger house. I'm renting a condo this year, so it's a smaller place.

"We're just looking at a few things here, going to get a couple of things for our places. When I'm done [talking] with you, we're going to go through the whole store."

With expansion Vegas to play its first NHL game Friday at the Dallas Stars (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-SW, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV), the search for chemistry is continuing. Perron said that process continues to evolve, with teammates going out for group lunches and giving each other tips about their new home.

"It is definitely a new feeling … [my] other experiences helped getting used to a new group, a new everything," Perron said. "They did it right here. Everything is brand new.

"The staff is making sure everything is going in the right direction, so it will make things easier down the road too."

There has been plenty of shifting and tweaking of the lines during the preseason. But one constant has been Marchessault, 26, playing on the top line with center Vadim Shipachyov and Reilly Smith.

Perron, who had 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games with the Blues last season, has been working effectively with center Cody Eakin, who had 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 60 games with the Stars.

"He's a pretty easy player to play with, a hard worker and good on faceoffs," Perron said. "He does everything right on the ice and I think he's a guy I have chemistry with right away.

"He's made some good plays throughout the preseason. Obviously we need to translate that through regular season. I hope it keeps going that way, because it's been going well since I've been playing with him."

The third member of the line in recent preseason games has been forward William Karlsson, who had 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 81 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"[Eakin] can adjust to the wing little bit easier than William, who is a younger player (24 to Eakin's 26) and used to playing center more," Perron said. "It would be nice if we could develop some chemistry there."

Perron was fifth on the Blues in scoring last season. His NHL career highs in goals (28) and points (57) came with the Oilers in 2013-14.

The Golden Knights have one preseason game remaining, on Sunday, hosting the San Jose Sharks at T-Mobile Arena (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

"I'm just happy to be part of this franchise and looking to work toward building something here," Perron said. "The key for us will be to know what type of team we have and not go away from that."

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