In less than an hour, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will kick off with a double-header, as the Minnesota Wild will take on the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings will battle the St. Louis Blues for the early series leads in the West.
Before those games start, though, it’s time I get in my full playoff predictions. Take a peek and leave your comments below!
Note: In the preseason, I picked the Sharks over the Penguins in the final. While it’s a tough road for San Jose, I’m sticking with my original pick and hoping they go the distance.
Today, we’ll continue with #TheList’s Top 25 NHL Left Wingers, starting with #20. Missed this weekend’s post on #25-21? Catch up here. But now, let’s check out what players cracked #TheList’s Top 20, and what surprising team features features two of the next five:
20. David Perron, St. Louis Blues
A first round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, David Perron has spent his entire six-year career with the team that drafted him, the St. Louis Blues. As a 19-year old rookie in 2007-08, Perron played in 62 games for the Blues, scoring 13 goals and adding 14 assists. In the following season, Perron scored 15 times en route to a career-high 50 point season.
Injuries have rattled Perron as of late, as he played in just 67 games combined in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, providing the Blues with 49 points. This season, Perron has managed to stay healthy, but hasn’t been able to find the net effectively, producing just 25 points in 45 games. Perron had arguably his best season last year, so look for him to pick it back up in a full season for 2013-14, and watch as the Blues ride – or die – along with the success of Perron.