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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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