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David Perron Plans To Be A “Difference Maker”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

David Perron made an immediate, favorable impression on the first day of training camp.

The veteran forward exuded energy, helping to feed the freshness that permeates the Detroit Red Wings after a makeover that extended to players at every position and the coaching staff. Perron, 34, is the oldest player on the team, and has played 973 career NHL games, but he is eager to prove how much of an impact he can make as the Wings move forward in the rebuild.

"I think for me at the stage of my career that I am at, I want to be a difference maker on the ice, still, bring some of the stuff that I was doing in St. Louis," Perron said Thursday. "Team-wise is really where I want to make a difference also, leadership-wise, team identity, talking about some of the details. Kind of being an extension if you will, kind of preaching the right stuff in the room by talking and by my play. Making sure that the staples defensively and throughout our system are there consistently."

Perron's enthusiasm on his first day in a new job earned rave reviews from coach Derek Lalonde.

"Even in his want to push practice today, what’s been really exciting about David in talking to him throughout the summer, he’s self-admitted that he’s had to evolve in his career," Lalonde said. "I think it’s an unbelievable example —here he is now, he expects practice to be at a high pace, he wants guys to work throughout the entire practice. I think he’s embracing that role. It’s something we talked about, something he wanted to embrace in the offseason, and Day 1, he stayed true to his word."

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Paul's avatar

from Dom Luszczyszyn, Shayna Goldman and more from The Athletic,

It would appear that Steve Yzerman had seen enough.

In his third season at the helm of the Detroit Red Wings, there were a few key developments. One was the emergence of Moritz Seider and, to a slightly lesser extent, Lucas Raymond as Calder Trophy caliber players (Seider won it) and the sort of cornerstones that pull franchises out of the draft lottery.

Two was a late-season collapse that cost Jeff Blashill his job as head coach, dropped the Red Wings to the eighth-worst record in the league — and the fourth-worst goal differential. Those are the sorts of things that put franchises in the draft lottery for a sixth straight season.

Lo and behold, that’s where the Red Wings found themselves. Yzerman and his group, again, did work — Detroit’s prospect pipeline is No. 2 in Corey Pronman’s offseason rankings, with well-rounded defenseman Simon Edvinsson and quality two-way center Marco Kasper leading the next wave. That well of talent, paired with the presence of Seider, Raymond and a leveled-up Dylan Larkin — and another ugly finish — preceded an offseason spending spree by Yzerman that may well put Detroit on the outer periphery of the playoff race.

Still, understandable as the optimism may be, Yzerman’s job is far from over. The process seems sound, but eventually, the results will matter once again.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/23/22 at 09:10 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

A Number Two pipeline is something we’re not used to.  It’s a highly subjective rating but does at least offer some hope. Maybe some of the signings over the summer will move the team forward while integrating some of this pipeline into NHL quality players.  Not there yet but for the first time in seven or eight years there’s the feeling of building a future.

Posted by RWBill on 09/23/22 at 11:25 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I think Perron will be a good mentor for our captain.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/23/22 at 12:37 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

It sounds like Perron is the perfect person to take on the kind of mentorship and leadership roles that Gagne (and Staal) played for the past two years – but with a much higher offensive upside. I love, love, love the additions of both Perron and Copp because they’ll make Detroit much harder to play against in both zones.

Just five days until the first televised preseson game. Can’t wait.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/23/22 at 03:38 PM ET

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It wouldn’t surprise me if Perron ended up with an A.

Posted by GMoney on 09/23/22 at 04:27 PM ET

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A quick read of Bob McKenzie’s early
top-ten draft prospects for next year included
an awful lot of centers (whether actual NHL centers
if and when they make it is always another story)
and only one defenseman.

As much as any responsible front office will
disavow drafting for need (and mostly seem to mean it)
it’s hard not to think need and availability where one drafts
are significant factors, including in the context of the next draft or two.
In other words, it was likely smart to draft Edvinsson when and where
SY did and same with Kaspar. It wouldn’t shock me depending on pick and
player availability if Detroit picks another center next year.

And re: Perron, that guy has been such a pain in the ass,
annoying because he’s gritty and determined and effective, often when
it matters most. A team learning to take another step can really benefit from that kind of crafty intensity.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/23/22 at 04:32 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I was asked before, and fwiw, I dont think Perron donned an A or a C with the Blues despite being a mainstay there.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/23/22 at 06:12 PM ET

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