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Fantasy Hockey: David Perron Heating Up on Ducks’ Top Line

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It’s not every day that a trade ends up being a win for both teams, but so far that has been the case for the David Perron-Carl Hagelin swap between the Anaheim Ducks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite the three superstars in the Penguins’ top-six forward group, Perron just couldn’t get his offense going this season. Since joining the Ducks, he has been flourishing on Ryan Getzlaf’s wing like few other forwards besides Corey Perry have.

While with the Penguins, Perron scored four goals and 12 assists through 43 games, which was a severe disappointment to fantasy managers who were hoping from big things out of a talented forward. The 27-year-old has been one of the most added players in fantasy hockey since the trade that sent Hagelin to the Penguins.

In 13 games, Perron already has 13 points and is looking like the answer that the Ducks have needed to spark their underachieving offense.

Perron’s 2015-16 Season

Team GP Goals Assists +/- PPP
Penguins 43 4 12 -13 5
Ducks 13 6 7 10 3

In standard scoring categories, he is a player that fantasy managers, regardless of their current placement in their league’s standings, should be investigating. As valuable as the former Penguin is in Yahoo! fantasy hockey because of his eligibility to play both wings, he is also exceptionally value in CBS and ESPN leagues where he plays left wing. Across the three major fantasy hosts he is under 70 percent owned, but things won’t stay that way for long.

Skating primarily with Getzlaf at even strength is a big part of Perron turning things around this season, but what might be even more important is the power play deployment that the winger is enjoying in Anaheim.

Perron has been skating on the top power play unit with Getzlaf and Perry with Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen on the points. That Perron is already just two points shy of his production on the man advantage while with Pittsburgh in 30 fewer games speaks volumes about the potential he has to climb the ranks of valuable fantasy wingers before the fantasy hockey season ends and the playoffs begin.

The goals, assists and power play production that have been on the rise since his move to the Ducks aren’t the only things attractive about Perron and his fantasy value. Perron also barrages the net with pucks and through 56 games this season has registered 123 shots. Considering that he has seen less than average of 15:00 minutes a night thanks to moving up and down in the Penguins’ lineup, that total is downright titillating considering how regularly he will be involved in high quality scoring chances generated by Getzlaf.

There is also a good deal of sandpaper to Perron’s game. Although he is a long way removed from his 90 penalty minute season with the Oilers in 2013-14, he has been known to have a mean streak and will take minor penalties here and there. Perron also has registered over 100 hits with the Penguins and Ducks even with his history of struggling with concussions.

If he can stay healthy and continue to show the kind of chemistry he has shown playing with Getzlaf, Perry and Mike Santorelli (who sometimes plays opposite of Perron on the top line), he will continue to be an invaluable asset in fantasy hockey. Over the past two weeks Perron is a top-20 player in standard scoring categories.

If he’s a free agent in your league, you shouldn’t wait another minute to add the hot winger to your team.

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