Edmonton Oilers winger David Perron will join goalie Ben Scrivens in representing Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus in May. Perron spoke with Oilers Colour Analyst Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now on Tuesday and talked about his decision to go to Belarus when other players decline.
“Just because I wanted to keep playing,” Perron said. “I think it’s up to every individual and some of those guys from our team have been there before and in many years they were banged up. Everyone’s banged up at the end of the year and it’s a decision that should be to the individual. The biggest thing is next year it’s not only the World Championship right now, it’s about the Edmonton Oilers next year and with me going there, hopefully I can be a better player next year and hopefully establish myself a little bit by playing some good minutes there in a good role. I’m going to try and do as best as I can over there.”
Perron finished the season with 57 points (28-29-57) in 78 games for the Oilers. If he could improve his game even more from those career numbers, the Oilers would undoubtedly be thrilled in Perron’s decision to keep playing this off-season.