Blue Collar Weekly: David Perron

David Perron is off to a hot start with the Blues. (Jeff Curry/USA Today photo)

Welcome to Blue Collar Weekly, where I choose one lucky Blues hockey player to wear the Blue Collar of greatness for a week. I will judge the players by their elevated gameplay and heavy stats. I will also mention other favorable stats from the current regular season, career highs, and milestones.

This week,” the Blue-Collar goes to…

David Perron

It’s hard to believe that David Perron has been in the league for 13 years now. I still remember when he was drafted in the 2007-08 NHL Draft and was selected in the 1st round(26th overall pick).

In Good Company

Did you know that Robert Bortuzzo, Carl Gunnarson, Patrick Maroon, Justin Faulk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ian Cole, and Lars Eller were all drafted the same year as Perron? Well, it’s true, and that’s some good company to keep! Coincidentally, it just so happens to be the same year that the infamous Patrick Kane was drafted 1st overall.

The Last ten games

In the last ten games, Perron has 10 points (4 goals six assists) and has 15 points total this season. Which ranks 2nd on the team behind O’Reilly. If he keeps this up, he is on pace to score 40 plus goals this year. That would set him up for more career highs.

St.Louis has went 7-2-1 and has been finding ways to win in this stretch. The team had five games in OT within that ten-game span going 4-0-1 in those overtime games.

Regular Season Table
Scoring Goals Assists
Rk Date G Age Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% SHFT TOI HIT BLK FOW FOL FO%
7 2019-10-17 7 31-142 STL VAN L-SO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 20 19:23 0 0 0 0
8 2019-10-19 8 31-144 STL MTL L 1 0 1 -1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 22 16:11 0 0 0 0
9 2019-10-21 9 31-146 STL COL W 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 50.0 23 15:49 0 0 0 0
10 2019-10-24 10 31-149 STL LAK W 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 24 17:09 0 0 0 1 0.0
11 2019-10-26 11 31-151 STL @ BOS L 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 23 17:43 4 0 0 0
12 2019-10-27 12 31-152 STL @ DET W 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 50.0 20 18:00 2 1 0 0
13 2019-10-30 13 31-155 STL MIN W 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 0.0 21 16:43 0 0 0 0
14 2019-11-01 14 31-157 STL CBJ W 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 50.0 22 18:49 1 0 0 0
15 2019-11-02 15 31-158 STL @ MIN W 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 23 19:23 0 0 1 0 100.0
16 2019-11-05 16 31-161 STL @ VAN W 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 23 17:39 0 0 0 0
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2019.

Perron Taking Shots Galore

In that time frame, Perron has had 30 shots on goal and seven hits. The Sherbrooke, Quebec native is making his presence known. There have only been two games where Perron did not have any shots at all.

Working Overtime

The 6 ft 200 lb 31 yr old right-winger has been making those goals count because three of his goals have been game-winners. Two of which were in scored dramatically in OT. Here’s a look at those OT winners vs. Detroit and Columbus.

Perron scores OT winner vs. Detroit.

Perron scores OT winner for his 7th goal against Columbus.

Chemistry Counts

When Ryan O’Reilly came to the Blues, everyone was curious to whom Ryan might find chemistry. I’m sure the coaches and GM had more of an idea who they were hoping he would play well with. But like all things in life, it did take some time and patience for things actually to fall into place.

The Blues initially got off to a rough start last season and did not turn the season around until after the All-Star game (which featured O’Reilly). That didn’t stop Perron and O’Reilly from having an excellent first half of the season. Let’s take a peek at their split stats below for 2018-19.

Perron’s Split Stats for 2018-19

Regular Season Table
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Total 57 23 23 46 3 46 16 7 0 1 112 20.5 1189 974:26 17:06
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Place Home 32 11 14 25 0 22 7 4 0 1 52 21.2 659 540:01 16:53
Road 25 12 9 21 3 24 9 3 0 0 60 20.0 530 434:25 17:23
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
All-Star Pre 45 17 18 35 3 36 13 4 0 1 85 20.0 949 769:48 17:06
Post 12 6 5 11 0 10 3 3 0 0 27 22.2 240 204:38 17:03
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Result Win 29 12 17 29 15 26 8 4 0 1 47 25.5 609 490:18 16:54
Loss 21 6 5 11 -11 18 5 1 0 0 44 13.6 438 363:45 17:19
Tie 7 5 1 6 -1 2 3 2 0 0 21 23.8 142 120:23 17:12
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Month October 10 5 5 10 2 2 2 3 0 1 18 27.8 196 159:47 15:59
November 14 3 2 5 -6 16 2 1 0 0 23 13.0 279 221:53 15:51
December 12 5 5 10 3 14 5 0 0 0 19 26.3 267 206:40 17:13
January 9 4 6 10 4 4 4 0 0 0 25 16.0 207 181:28 20:10
March 8 4 3 7 1 8 3 1 0 0 20 20.0 161 138:54 17:22
April 4 2 2 4 -1 2 0 2 0 0 7 28.6 79 65:44 16:26
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Conference Eastern 23 11 15 26 13 18 9 2 0 0 56 19.6 484 412:32 17:56
Western 34 12 8 20 -10 28 7 5 0 1 56 21.4 705 561:54 16:32
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Division Atlantic 10 5 8 13 6 6 4 1 0 0 24 20.8 205 173:37 17:22
Metropolitan 13 6 7 13 7 12 5 1 0 0 32 18.8 279 238:55 18:23
Central 18 5 6 11 -10 16 3 2 0 0 32 15.6 364 289:32 16:05
Pacific 16 7 2 9 0 12 4 3 0 1 24 29.2 341 272:22 17:01
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2019.

O’Reilly’s Split Stats for 2018-19

Regular Season Table
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Total 82 28 49 77 22 12 21 6 1 5 234 12.0 2103 1702:13 20:46
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Place Home 41 16 25 41 14 6 12 3 1 4 121 13.2 1021 829:44 20:14
Road 41 12 24 36 8 6 9 3 0 1 113 10.6 1082 872:29 21:17
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
All-Star Pre 49 18 32 50 14 8 14 3 1 2 138 13.0 1272 1020:05 20:49
Post 33 10 17 27 8 4 7 3 0 3 96 10.4 831 682:08 20:40
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Result Win 45 20 31 51 41 6 15 4 1 5 133 15.0 1166 919:22 20:26
Loss 28 7 11 18 -13 0 5 2 0 0 74 9.5 686 575:37 20:33
Tie 9 1 7 8 -6 6 1 0 0 0 27 3.7 251 207:14 23:02
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Month October 10 3 11 14 1 6 3 0 0 0 31 9.7 265 209:34 20:57
November 14 9 4 13 5 0 7 2 0 1 33 27.3 357 283:54 20:17
December 13 3 5 8 0 0 2 0 1 1 33 9.1 333 264:03 20:19
January 12 3 12 15 8 2 2 1 0 0 41 7.3 317 262:34 21:53
February 14 6 7 13 10 2 5 1 0 2 37 16.2 362 297:12 21:14
March 15 3 7 10 -1 2 2 1 0 1 44 6.8 365 302:46 20:11
April 4 1 3 4 -1 0 0 1 0 0 15 6.7 104 82:10 20:33
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Conference Eastern 32 13 23 36 16 2 11 2 0 2 96 13.5 813 663:06 20:43
Western 50 15 26 41 6 10 10 4 1 3 138 10.9 1290 1039:07 20:47
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Division Atlantic 16 5 9 14 5 0 5 0 0 1 49 10.2 413 338:59 21:11
Metropolitan 16 8 14 22 11 2 6 2 0 1 47 17.0 400 324:07 20:15
Central 26 8 17 25 5 6 5 2 1 1 76 10.5 705 553:23 21:17
Pacific 24 7 9 16 1 4 5 2 0 2 62 11.3 585 485:44 20:14
Split Value GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SHFT TOI ATOI
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2019.

The Synergy

Synergy has been formed between the two players, and if you look at the results, it’s somewhat intriguing.

For example, between the two players last year, they combined for 85 Pre All-Star points and only posted 38 combined points in Post All-Star games. (Perron only played 12 games because of injury.)

Their success didn’t stop after the regular season was over. The team flourished in the playoffs and ultimately won their first Stanley Cup, and Perron and O’Reilly were a considerable success in the playoffs!

For example, they both combined for a total of 39 points and four game-winning goals in 26 games apiece. Here’s a glimpse of the great play exalted from the two players.

Perron’s Playoff Totals with the Blues

NHL Playoffs career statistics
Scoring Goals Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 30 STL NHL SC 26 7 9 16 4 16 5 2 0 2 58 12.1 110 473 18:12 2 3 40.0 9 37 15 10
5 yrs STL NHL 56 9 17 26 -1 44 7 2 0 3 115 7.8 215 958 17:06 5 6 45.5 18 87 21 16
Career 8 yrs NHL 83 11 28 39 2 66 9 2 0 3 159 6.9 294 1403 16:54 16 25 39.0 25 125 49 28
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2019.

O’Reilly’s Playoff Totals with the Blues

NHL Playoffs career statistics
Scoring Goals Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 27 STL NHL SC 26 8 15 23 2 4 7 1 0 2 54 14.8 84 546 21:00 308 307 50.1 13 11 16 10
1 yr STL NHL 26 8 15 23 2 4 7 1 0 2 54 14.8 84 546 21:00 308 307 50.1 13 11 16 10
Career 3 yrs NHL 39 11 19 30 5 6 10 1 0 3 75 14.7 121 805 20:38 381 393 49.2 27 15 32 16
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/6/2019.

A New Year and a Growing Success

Watching Perron grow into this exciting goal scorer has been a real adventure. I mean, I remember him as a 19 yr old coming into the league as a rookie and playing with Oshie & Bergy on that new version of the Kid Line.

Even with early success as a youngster, he had many obstacles to overcome. Like the concussion caused by Joe Thornton and how about the penalty troubles that have always plagued him. He’s had 614 penalty minutes in 719 career NHL games. Despite his penalty frequency, he still has become more of a complete player than we ever imagined.

Perron and O’Reilly have combined for 31 points this new year so far. Both getting some game-winners(Perron with four which tied his career-high, and O’Reilly with 1) Here’s a link to a great interview. 

Goal #200 for DP57

Perron scores his 200th goal in the NHL

My Thoughts and Concerns

I have no doubts about Perron, and considering the hard work ethic we have seen from this bounce-back team, there’s nothing to worry about.

The Blues are missing their sniper Vladimir Tarasenko, but with their extraordinary depth, I don’t see them slowing down unless other injuries rupture their core.

If Perron continues his goal-scoring and O’Reilly keeps passing him the puck was going to some more career highs for both players. Congratulations to David Perron for winning the Blue Collar Award, and above all, keep up the hard work because it pays off. You are a testament to all the Blue Collar folks out there working hard for a living!

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