Fantasy Hockey: Perron Back to Old Self

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Fantasy Hockey: Perron Back to Old Self


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.

David Perron
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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 76 36 35 25 71
A. Steen 73 24 38 6 62
J. Schwartz 69 24 32 12 56
D. Backes 75 25 29 6 54
T. Oshie 67 19 33 13 52
P. Stastny 68 14 29 3 43
A. Pietrangelo 76 6 36 -6 42
J. Lehtera 69 11 29 16 40
K. Shattenkirk 51 8 32 15 40
P. Berglund 71 9 13 -7 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 24 14 3 .919 2.20
J. Allen 19 6 4 .906 2.45

 
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