Corey Perry is an easy target of criticism because he was also an easy candidate for a down year entering 2016-17. It turned out to be an extremely poor season, as the veteran posted his worst offensive showing since establishing himself as a regular during the 2006-07 campaign. However, there is definitely bounce-back potential. Perry posted a career-low 8.8 shooting percentage last year after recording a 16.0 mark over the previous three seasons. Modest statistical correction alone will provide an uptick in production, so even with the 32-year-old winger past his offensive prime, a respectable rebound is within reach. Plus, Perry still moves the needle across all categories and is locked into a role with the No. 1 power-play unit.
Perry was protected by Anaheim and will not be available Vegas in the expansion draft, NHL.com reports. After recording a 16.0 shooting percentage over the previous three seasons, Perry dropped to a career-low 8.8 mark in 2016-17, and he had his worst fantasy campaign since becoming a regular in the league in 2006-07. While the 32-year-old winger is clearly past his offensive prime, there is still plenty of fantasy potential, and Perry is a prime rebound candidate heading into next season.
Perry scored 10:25 into overtime to beat the Predators 3-2 in Thursday's Game 4. The winning goal came courtesy of an innocent-looking shot from the right corner that changed direction in front and deflected past Pekka Rinne. It was originally credited to Nate Thompson, then was awarded to Perry after further review revealed that the puck hit P.K. Subban's stick rather than Thompson's. While Perry has only potted four goals in 15 games this postseason, half of that output has come in the past two contests.
Perry opened the scoring in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to Nashville. The shot came from a terrible angle, but it's good to see that Perry didn't hesitate to throw the puck on net. His three goals this postseason are a disappointment, but what's even more concerning is the fact he's registered just two shots on goal all series. It's hard to say if Perry will build off this goal in Game 3, but he did pot 19 markers in the regular season, so we know the veteran is capable of being better than he has been in the playoffs.
Perry collected two assists during regulation before scoring the game-sealing goal in double overtime against Edmonton on Friday. It was a historic comeback with Anaheim trailing 3-0 with just 3:16 remaining in regulation, and after a disappointing season, it seems fitting that the career-long Duck scored the winning goal in the second overtime period. Perry had his worst offensive season since 2006-07, and he had also scored just a single goal through Anaheim's first eight playoff games. However, a switch to Ryan Getzlaf's flank in Game 4 reignited their long-time chemistry, and Perry's strong play finally showed up on the scoresheet. Don't be surprised if the offensive results continue to pile up.
Perry notched an assist while going plus-3 in Wednesday's Game 4 victory over Edmonton. With Patrick Eaves (lower body) unavailable, Perry primarily skated with Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf on Anaheim's top line Wednesday, logging a series-high 20:30 of ice time, 4:38 of which came on the man advantage. Eaves' status for Friday's Game 5 is currently up in the air, and if he's unable to go, Perry will likely once again log heavy minutes while skating alongside the Ducks' top offensive weapons on the team's first line.
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