Since December 22nd the Penguins are 2-4-1, although, still holding tightly on to a tie for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Islanders. Both teams only a point behind a tie for first place between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadians. Montreal has been on doing outstanding as of late by going 9-1-0 in their last 10, including six in a row.
In the heat of the Penguins recent drought, they made a move that should prove well for the squad. On January 2nd, Pens general manager, Jim Rutherford, made a deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Penguins acquiring David Perron in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first round draft pick. This trade was a good move for both teams. The Penguins because of so many injuries and minor league call ups, it is good to bring in a top two line forward with skill. Edmonton will benefit from this deal just as well, with an extra first round draft pick they can add new blood to their young, talented team. It is just a matter of whether or not the Oilers can come across some good fortune and bring home a good season for such a dedicated fan base struggling through another disappointing season.
Perron is a young, 6’0” 200 pound, forward with a lot of skill and talent. A former first round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues, Perron is eager to be playing on a winning team with a chance for the Stanley Cup. He was the lone Penguin goal in the January 3rd match against Montreal. Despite losing 4-1 it was good to see there is already chemistry between Perron and Crosby. It is possible they will be playing together as the pair stayed on the ice well after practice on Monday working on passes and figuring out where and how each other like to play. Perron has also been hanging around on the off days with Kris Letang, getting Perron settled into the city.
When asked about Perron, Letang said that he has some of the best hands in the league. Perron has some skill and is already off to a hot start as a Penguin. He will be a great and productive addition to the team.