Fantasy Take: Detroit Adds David Perron to Scoring Mix

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Detroit continued a very busy day of signings as they got their second-line centre in Andrew Copp, bolstered the back-end by adding Ben Chiarot and Olli Maatta, and then went and got some winger help in the form of David Perron. We got it announced a few hours after free agency opened:

It was later announced for $4.75M a season. Let's go through what it means for fantasy owners.

What Detroit Gets

It seems the rebuild is nearing an end in Detroit. They have cleared out the plethora of bad contracts that were around post-Ken Holland and GM Steve Yzerman can start to formulate his team. One thing the Wings have been missing for years now is an adequate second scoring line. They started to fill that gap in recent seasons by acquiring Jakub Vrana and Robby Fabbri but adding the players they have today just solidified it. They may have a genuine third scoring line now, let alone two.

One thing Perron can do is score goals. He had 94 in 251 games in his third stint with St. Louis, or 31 every 82 games. He averaged 15.5% shooting in those four seasons and has a career 13% shooting mark. That kind of conversion rate will go a long way in creating a viable second scoring line.

At the age of 34, decline is always a concern. There are also his fancy-stat concerns. People may show a series of charts that show he doesn't drive play particularly well, and he doesn't. But according to Evolving Hockey's play-driving data, his offensive play-driving improved all four years in St. Louis as he aged, and his defensive metrics even improved. Where he can really help is on the power play, too. According to the same data, Perron was top-20 in the league among all forwards in d