Jeremy Rutherford who covers the Blues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and stltoday.com had this to say yesterday prior to the Blues game in Columbus:
"Murray continues to emphasize the work Perron is getting off the ice. While everyone agrees with that, I get the feeling that some in the club want to see Perron in a game soon. That decision continues to be left with Murray."
So maybe fans are not the only ones scratching their heads as to why after eight games, David Perron has been a healthy scratch now seven times. Perron is one of the three Blues 2007 First Round Draft Picks that made the Blues roster in Training Camp.
So, what exactly is going on here? I think we've heard all of the rationale, that Perron is getting quality practice time, he's training against top line NHL defensemen, he's getting weight training, proper diet tips, etc. But at some point doesn't a 19 year old need to be playing hockey somewhere in real live games?
I'm almost to the point where I'm really starting to disagree with how this situation is being handled. Is Andy Murray really, truly THAT loyal to the veterans that he doesn't want to sit one of them in favor of getting Perron into the line up? He had no trouble sitting Dan Hinote in favor of getting Mike Johnson into the line up Saturday night even though Hinote had been playing his tail off.
Will Murray's opinion be different next season when dealing with T.J. Oshie or Patrick Berglund? I certainly hope so.
We can see the energy that the young players brings to this line up game in and game out with David Backes, Jay McClement and Lee Stempniak, so this situation has me a bit puzzled.
I understand patience is necessary when developing young players into the NHL but at some point I think Perron needs to be playing somewhere in live action. Perhaps others in the upper management of the Blues feel the same way.