Once top center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins makes it all the way back from shoulder surgery, the Edmonton Oilers will be able to attack opponents with two outstanding scoring lines.
Nugent-Hopkins could center Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle on one line while Sam Gagner centers newcomer David Perron and second-year stalwart Nail Yakupov on the second line.
Perron scored just 25 points in 48 games last season for the Blues, but he is a clever give-and-go player with tenacity on the puck. Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish believes Perron can be far more productive playing with the Oilers.
“He's just got an incredible skill set . . . a great set of hands," MacTavish told NHL.com. “He's a pretty gritty player as well. He'll go to the areas necessary to score goals. On the outside, I feel like he's a really good fit for our team and the way that we play.
“There will be more attack opportunities for him, more rush opportunities. I think we potentially could be a better fit for his skill set than the team that he comes from.”
Getting him for third-line prospect Magnus Paajarvi could be quite a steal for Edmonton, assuming Perron avoids addition concussion troubles. His playmaking skills could make him a natural partner for the explosive Yakupov.