Perron scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, in a 5-4 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Perron registered an assist in three straight games earlier this season, but Tuesday night he finally scored a couple of his own. Along with his five points this year, the 29-year-old has put 17 shots on net and picked up 10 hits. Perron is locked in to a top-six role and has an important spot on the power-play unit, so he should be a consistent contributor for most of the season.
Perron didn't record a point, but dished out five hits, blocked a shot, and took a minor penalty in Sunday's 3-1 win against Boston.
In the absence of any offensive production, Perron used his body to make an impact on the game, which is an ability that coaches tend to value and appreciate. This may be part of the reason that the 2007 first-round pick's power-play time on ice jumped from 2:01 on Friday to 4:11 on Sunday. If Perron continues to receive a healthy diet of ice time with the man advantage, it could pay dividends for his fantasy owners.
Perron was added to the Golden Knights' roster Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, citing a league source.
These expansion picks were supposed to be kept close to the collective vest until the 2017 NHL Awards ceremony gets underway in Vegas on Wednesday evening, but at least in the case of Perron -- who has one year remaining on his contract before he'll become an unrestricted free agent -- moving to Sin City was a foregone conclusion. The 29-year-old spent six seasons with the Blues (2007-13), and he had stops in Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Anaheim before returning full circle to St. Louis this campaign. An oft-injured winger, Perron proved that he could still produce at a high level when healthy, as he recorded 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) while playing in all 82 games for the first time since 2009-10. Conservative fantasy owners tend to shy away from perpetually injured players like Perron, and he may struggle with a franchise playing in its first year. However, we'll have a better read on Perron once the entire Golden Knights' roster is unveiled.
Perron was left exposed for selection by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
Perron has not spent consecutive seasons with a team since his first stint with St. Louis from 2007-12 and could find himself on the move once again. Perhaps the one name on the Blues' protected list that would come as a surprise is Ryan Reaves, who tallied just 13 points in 80 contests this past season. It would be easy to look strictly at a production level to compare Reaves and Perron -- who tallied 18 goals and 28 assists -- but the 30-year-old Reaves offers a grittier style and St. Louis is already stocked with goal-scorers. GM Doug Armstrong is up against the cap ($6.4 million in space) so he could be hoping to shed Perron's $3.75 million contract.
Perron scored his 18th goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Panthers.
It's been a surprisingly productive campaign for Perron, as he's delivered 46 points in 80 contests -- the first time since 2009-10 he's played this many games. Injuries have been a major reason behind his failures in recent years, but Perron hasn't missed a single tilt this time around. He's heading into the end of the regular season on a high note, having picked up three goals and three assists in the last five games.