(HockeyStL) -- November 4th, 2010 and December 3rd, 2011 are two dates that were significant yet held different emotions for Blues fans.
On November 4th, 2010 David Perron collided with San Jose Sharks’ Joe Thornton, taking a blow to the head. Perron made a return to the game and actually scored a goal, but was later diagnosed with a concussion that ultimately ended his season.
Perron’s recovery resembled a roller coaster ride with the ups and the downs that it entailed. Perron had to wait until November 18, more than a year after the injury, to be cleared for contact, and finally on December 3, 2011, the long and tedious road to returning was over.
David Perron added immediate offensive help to the Blues’ offense and quickly displayed his scoring ability as he netted a goal in his first game back from his concussion.
After the big return, Perron started to show he wasn’t yet back to his original game.
He began missing the net on shots that normally he would have buried, he played with less physicality than what fans were used to, and looked slow at times. It was clear that Perron was still trying to adjust to the speed and physical aspect of the game and after missing 97 games, everybody knew it would take time.
Over time, Perron started to build up his stamina and regained some of the qualities that he once had. Recently his hard work has starting paying dividends. In his last four games, Perron has scored six goals, and has contributed several of those to the Blues power play.
Perron attributes his recent success to the All Star Break, saying that it was really good for him to have the time off.
His most recent recognition came on Monday as Perron was awarded the 3rd star of the week in the NHL with his six goals and his contributions to the Blues recent four game winning streak.
When he is on his game, Perron is one of the most dangerous NHL players with his nifty hands, his creativity and his ability to put pucks in the back of the net. Perron has definitely established himself as a player that can make something out of nothing, and as teammates have pointed out, he has arguably the best hands in the NHL.
Nobody could have guessed that after missing the amount of time he did, Perron would be able to make a significant impact on the Blues offense, but two months after his return, he is doing just that.
Recently Perron has been on fire in terms of goal scoring, but keep in mind this is not what Perron is most noted for doing. Perron is successful because of his ability to make a play happen, and is not normally the one to score. Lately he has been doing a little bit of everything, and hopefully that doesn’t change as he will be a key player for the Blues down the stretch.
--Andrew Allsman, HockeyStL