When he first made the NHL, David Perron was indoctrinated by veteran Keith Tkachuk, who told the rookie with soft hands that if wanted to continue having success, he had to go to the net.

So he did, and will continue to do so as the newest member of the Edmonton Oilers.

Perron was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft. He scored 198 points in 340 games over the last six seasons.

“I played with Keith my first two or three years in the league. He really taught me a lot,” said Perron. “He said that it doesn’t matter how big you are or the type of player you are, if you go to the net, you’ll grab a few more goals every year and create space for your team.”

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said on Tuesday that he wanted to make at least one more change, then acquired the left-winger in a deal that gives the Oilers more skill and experience in their top-six forwards while freeing up salary-cap room for the Blues.

St. Louis will also get a speedy winger in Paajarvi, who still hasn’t reached his upside but has started to demonstrate that he can play more of a two-way game.

“I just felt like David was a little more established, a little bit more experienced, a little bit more certain of his ability to play at a very high level on a top-two line position,” said MacTavish. “He’s a guy who may fit better into the way we’re going to try to play the game than the team that he came from.

“He’s definitely got a hunger to score.”

Perron, 25, was a first-round pick of the Blues in 2007 (26th overall) and has had two 20-goal seasons.

He also suffered a significant setback when he was drilled by San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton on Nov. 4, 2010. Perron was left with a concussion that put his career on hold for 13 months, but he came back and played 57 games in 2011-12 and all 48 games during last season’s lockout-shortened campaign, putting away 10 goals and 25 points.

MacTavish said the Oilers took the concussion into consideration, but said it was less of a concern given that he’s been healthy since he returned to the lineup.

While Perron’s hands are his trademark, and more finish is something the Oilers need, he doesn’t bring that physical, gritty presence MacTavish had had at the top of his wish list. That said, the GM is feeling a little more comfortable with his lineup now than he was a few days ago.

“I started out trying to really add some beef to our forwards, but quickly realized that so were a lot of other teams,” said MacTavish. “The market was shallow. There haven’t been a lot of guys who fit that bill. We’ve tried pretty aggressively to pry some out, but haven’t had a lot of success.”