Why the Perron trade works for St. Louis

Updated: July 11, 2013, 11:14 AM ET
By Craig Custance

The simplest way to evaluate a trade is to figure out which team ended up with the best player and go from there. In the Wednesday deal that sent Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick to the Blues for forward David Perron, Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish got the best player. So on the surface, the edge goes to the Oilers.

Perron is a 25-year-old forward who has a pair of 20-goal seasons on his résumé and in 2011-12 scored 21 goals in 57 games, aided in part by an unsustainable 18.4 shooting percentage. When you talk to people about Perron, the word used more than any other is dynamic. In researching him, Edmonton liked that he plays with jam and a bit of swagger, two reasons he's been on the Oilers' radar for some time. He also gives MacTavish even more flexibility to trade Ales Hemsky, which is the next logical move for the Oilers. And chances are, that trade will bring back an asset to replace the draft pick sent to the Blues in this deal.

But with all that said, this deal makes a lot of sense for Blues GM Doug Armstrong.