Detroit Red Wings: Perron Proving His Worth, On and Off the ice

David Perron #57, Detroit Red Wings (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
David Perron #57, Detroit Red Wings (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Detroit Red Wings forward David Perron has been in the NHL for 18 years. Consistent is one way to describe him and leadership is another. Perron is one of the more respected veterans in the league and one reason why he is working out well for the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit Red Wings Perron has leadership qualities

Perron signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent on July 13, 2022. Bringing years of experience in offensive production, and consistency, Perron is looked at as one of the biggest pieces that were brought to Detroit in the off-season. After stops with the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, and Vegas Golden Knights, he has seen plenty of the NHL.

While he is still producing offensively, Perron is gaining experience and sharing his knowledge with the Detroit Red Wing’s younger talent. As a 2019 Stanley Cup champion with St. Louis, a 2020 NHL All-Star, and playing the most intense part of the season with playoff experience, Perron is still enjoying hockey and it shows. This season, Perron has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points in 32 games, showing he is still a productive player. In his last five games, he has three goals and two assists.

Perron has never been a big scorer, a highlight reel player, or one to stick out with suspensions or penalty minute totals. Instead, he calmly went about his business and let his play do the talking. Over the years, Perron may have gotten a bit slower, and maybe his shot is not as electric as it used to be but he is still a force on the ice and in the locker room. Playing with guys like Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider, and Jonatan Berggren, Perron is constantly offering advice and showing the young guys how to adapt to different things that may come their way.

Perron is 34 years old so it is anyone’s guess as to how much longer he will play. Until that day comes, he will still be mentoring the young guys and keeping the other veterans on the Detroit Red Wings motivated through tough times. He does have a Stanley Cup championship on his resume and years of experience, so he does know what he is talking about. Perron is one of the more underrated and undervalued players in the past ten years. One of the class acts still playing the game, not because of money but because he loves the game.