In training camp, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has lined him [Paajarvi] up on the left wing, next to fellow Swede Berglund in the middle and Vladimir Tarasenko on the right wing. Hitchcock called them the best line in camp thus far and he has penciled them into the lineup Sunday when the Blues travel to Dallas for their first preseason game.
"What they do is they play with tempo," Hitchcock said. "They play fast offensively, they play fast offensively and they’re very effective because of it. Things are done quickly, and they’re a handful for somebody when they play with that type of tempo."
The time on ice totals show that Perron has been a top-six forward on one of the league's better teams, playing big minutes at both even strength and on the power play. That's mostly good, but it also means that if the Oilers expect Perron to produce at previous levels, he'll need to be given similar opportunities in Edmonton. That said, if Perron plays on one of the top two lines in Edmonton, it's likely that he'll be playing with more dynamic offensive players than he was with the Blues.
The trade worked out for the Oilers, but the Blues don't seem to be unhappy with the results either.