Penguins Acquire David Perron
Early Friday, the Penguins helped shore up their forward group, especially the top-6, when they acquired David Perron from the Oilers. Perron, 26, was taken 26th overall in 2007 by the Blues. He was sent to Edmonton for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2nd after the lockout shortened season, where he spent one and a half seasons.
Although a very solid player, Perron has faced many injury issues over his career. In the 7 seasons prior to this one, he has only appeared in all the games twice (includes lockout season). Perron is a player good for 45-60 points, but will easily put up big numbers next to Crosby or Malkin when fully healthy. Perron helps bridge the gap left behind when Pascal Dupuis was ruled out for six months with a blood clot.
Perron has tallied 19 points in 38 games this year, and had 57 points in 78 games last year. He has also had a negative-33 +/- rating over the past two seasons, but it could be attributed to playing on Edmonton.
The Oilers received bottom-6 forward Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first round pick for Perron. The Oilers are starting to build up picks for the most highly anticipated draft in decades, which is never a bad thing (despite it prolonging the rebuild). If Pittsburgh has a full team for the playoffs, the pick could fall to the 22-26 range, but will fluctuate due to the Penguins always being an iffy playoff team.
Perron will wear #39 with his new team.