Last week, Perron signed a two-year, $4.30 million contract, which will pay him $1.80 million in 2010-11 and $2.50 million in 2011-12. That is not too shabby for the Blues, who are locking up a young forward that scored 20 goals and 47 points in his third season.
“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong after the signing. “We are expecting David to grow into a complete player at this level.”
Perron even showed his excitement while “tweeting.” Shortly after the signing, DP_57 shared his thoughts via Twitter.
“Very very excited to be back! I wanna thank all my fans for their support and I am really looking forward to this year!”
Heading into October, the 6'0 200 lb. forward may be facing his toughest challenge yet. With Blues owner Dave Checketts beginning to show that the loss of his investor was a bigger deal than originally reported, the Blues have taken the route of building their scoring from the improvement of their current roster. Despite helpful free-agents being on the market (Ilya Kovalchuk, Matthew Lombardi, Alexander Frolov, etc.), the Blues have kept their rods out of the metaphoric fish tank, letting other teams catch whatever they can bring on shore.
So where will the scoring come from? Management is banking on players such as Brad Boyes and David Backes returning to form. The duo scored a combined 64 goals in 2008-09, but followed that up with a measly 31 goals last season. But that is not the only place the Blues will be looking for a scoring jump.
Perron has shown the potential to be a crafty skater that can put up big numbers when needed. It looks like he is needed now.
Paul Kariya and Keith Tkachuk have left the Blues this summer, both due to free-agency and retirement. While the two veterans were not exactly the most prolific players last season, they did contribute 31 goals on a team that only scored 218 total last season, which ranked 17th in the league. If the Blues are going to make up for Kariya and Tkachuk's departure and add to the total goals scored, they will need Perron to take the next step in his development.
Going straight from the Quebec Major-Juniors to the NHL, Perron has had to develop in the NHL more than most youngsters do. But he has already been a runner-up for goal of the year on NHL.com, which helps display that he really was ready for the big time. Having three years under his belt, Perron will have a lot of weight on his shoulders to be a 30-goal scorer.
With the skill that the 22-year old has already displayed, its easy to see that 30 goals may be the least he can do.
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