Perron potted a goal for the second straight game Thursday, marking the first time he's done that since scoring in back-to-back's in early February. After going pointless in his first eight games, Perron has scored three goals and seven points in his last 11. He's registered 24 shots in the last nine games, an indication of his increased productivity.
Perron scored his second goal of the season Tuesday against Minnesota. He has all six of his points (2G, 4A) in the last 10 games after going through an early slump. Perron continues to skate with Evgeni Malkin rather than on the team's third line, something which can only help his fantasy value.
Perron, who is pointless in seven games, was taken off Evgeni Malkin's line as a top-six forward in Friday's practice, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He isn't producing offensively and that's the only plus side to his game. Perron's blind pass in his own zone Thursday led directly to a Jason Spezza score. He could help fantasy teams eventually but for now he appears to be an easy target for coach Mike Johnston (and rightfully so). Sergei Plotnikov took Perron's spot with Malkin and there's no guarantee he'll stick there for a game or two, let alone a couple periods of play.
Perron skated with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist during Monday's practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Perron replaces Sergei Plotnikov, who dips down to the third line. Perron brings a talented shot to Malkin's line, so if he's motivated then he could stick with the second unit for an extended period of time. The problem is that he appears disinterested all too often. Regardless, he sees a fantasy bump if for no other reason than his new linemates.
David Perron skated on the Pens' first power-play unit Monday along with Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang.
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