As Blues fans may have noticed, rookie forward David Perron has been spending a lot of time in the pressbox during games instead of being out on the ice with his teammates. Perron has played in two out of the last six games recently. An article written by Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes why coach Andy Murray and team president John Davidson continue to hold Perron out of games.
According to the article, coach Murray states, "There's a code of conduct that has to be learned to be a professional. And David isn't quite there yet." Murray goes on to say, "You're going to go like this," Murray says, waving his arms, "to Keith Tkachuk? You've got to be careful."
You could tell Perron bit his lip when answering these questions about why he's not getting the playing time he deserves. Says Perron, "I'm so passionate about the game. Even in practices, you can notice if I shoot and don't score, I get mad at myself. The only reason I have to explain this is I'm so passionate about hockey. I'm not (upset) at my teammates. But it's something me and JD and Larry (Pleau) talk about from time to time. It needs to be better."
You can read the whole article here:
To me it seemed like the Blues left Perron hanging out to dry in the article. I don't fault Jeremy Rutherford for writing the article, I just feel the issues addressed by coach Murray and management were not handled in the best way, and it made Perron to look like some kind of trouble-maker or nuisance in the locker room.
The bottom line is this. The Blues need scoring help. When in the lineup and on the ice, Perron has helped in this category. The Blues are 19-17-7 when Perron plays. If they weren't going to play him, then why did they keep him on the team out of training camp. They should've sent him back to juniors in Lewiston and let him gain more experience and log more ice time there. The kid is going to make mistakes...he's 19 years old. But to solve those mistakes by sitting him repeatedly doesn't solve a thing. It only adds to the woes the Blues have had in the scoring department because you are keeping one of your most talented players off the ice. If the Blues are going to solve a problem with a young kid making mistakes, do it on the ice, not off.
As of yet, Perron is not in the lineup tonight against Phoenix. Hopefully that changes by gametime.