Oilers winger David Perron will be facing off against his former team tonight for the first time. Coach Eakins has loved what he's seen so far from Perron.
“He’s been excellent. He is certainly a guy that our players look to for leadership,” Eakins began, adding that Perron will accept any role he's given. “He’s done a lot of different things for us. And just nodded his head, which is great. I love those bobblehead players.
"He’s played the half-wall on the power play, been our net-front guy, played the point on the power play, he’s killing penalties now. He’s played in a defensive role. He’s been a great, great acquisition by Craig (MacTavish). A player I respect, greatly.”
Perron has enjoyed the added responsibility in Edmonton and it has paid off as he is enjoying a career-best season with 14 goals and 27 points in 33 games.
“I’m getting some good opportunity, power play, PK, a lot of ice time.”
When the 2013-14 schedule came out, tonight's game was the first one Perron looked for.
“When I got traded, when the schedule came out that was the first thing I looked for. Normally I look to see when we play Montreal because I’m from there but this year was a little bit different. It was fun to play against them.”