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by Matthew Tate on 09/30/13 at 04:58 AM ET
A couple of days ago, I noted that the emergence of Tom Wilson was going to spell bad things for Mathieu Perreault. Yesterday that has come to be true as the Capitals traded Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks for AHL winger John Mitchell(and no, not the one you are probably thinking of) and a 2014 4th-round draft pick. And thus draws to a close the five-year stint in Washington for Perr-Ochocinco.
Perreault was drafted by the Capitals in 2006 out of the QMJHL. He officially joined the organization in 2008, quickly making a name for himself, racking up back-to-back 50 point seasons in Hershey. After a couple of seasons going back and forth between Washington and Hershey, Perreault became a full-time Capital at the start of the 2011 season. All combined, Perreault would play 159 games at the NHL level, racking up 33 goals and 37 assists and becoming one of the pound-for-pound fan favorites in the process.
Personally, I always like Perreault. Despite his diminutive size (5'10''/185), he was consistently one of the hardest working guys every night. Unfortunately, that isn't always enough. Just because a smaller guy like Martin St. Louis makes a name for himself, it doesn't mean it suddenly becomes easier for the little guys. Perreault repeatedly found himself tumbling to the ice more times than the Caps coaching staff would have liked. Despite that, he had some memorable moments in Washington, the biggest being his hat trick against Boston when Ovechkin was out of the lineup. I really hoped Perreault would make that next big step to possibly be a 2C, but it just never happened.
This move is consistent with the change in philosophy this team has made. After years of trying to succeed with a lot of skill and little grit, they have realized they need to be tougher. This need is even greater now that they move to a division with the likes of New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. It's why you see guys like Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, and Aaron Volpatti getting the chances they are. Honestly, the best Perreault was going to be this year was part of a fourth-line rotation.
The one thing most people will point out as a problem is what the Caps got in return from Anaheim. A guy with the perceived upside should probably deserve more than a fourth-round pick and an AHLer with a low chance of making it to the NHL. It's almost as if McPhee didn't really care what he got for Perreault. If indeed this was little more than a salary dump, I really hope he looked to move Chimera or Ward first.
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