Does David Perron come to Edmonton with an exchange rate?

Now that his hands have been freed from the shackles of Ken Hitchcock’s effective but somewhat stifling defensive system how much are they worth in Edmonton?

A 45- to 50-point guy during his six-year stretch in St. Louis the hope is that Perron’s numbers will spike in Edmonton where he will be playing in a faster more creative environment surrounded by faster more creative players.

“I don’t want to go there it’s pre-season” grinned the new winger who scored his team-leading fourth and fifth goals in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the visiting New York Rangers. “It’s fun to have that kind of success right now … but let’s see the first 10 games see what happens and go from there. I hope they go up. I worked hard over the summer and I’m only 25 years old. Hopefully they keep going up every year for the next six or seven years.”

Perron might represent the best of both worlds or at least both of ends of the ice for Edmonton. He’s a talented goal scorer weaned on a solid structural program that demands its players compete and commit to the defensive side of the game first. With those lessons firmly absorbed he’s now out there with the likes of Jordan Eberle looking to explore the offensive side of his personality.

“He’s a skilled guys and he’s big too” said Eberle who had a goal and two assists in the win. “Any time you can add those two things together it’s great. He wins battles along the boards. It’s fun to play with him we seem to have a connection so far. We’re playing well together and Arco (Mark Arcobello) fit in great.”

Perron who had 83 points in 70 games his last year of Junior likes the opportunity being presented to him here.

“It’s awesome. That’s kind of how I came up in the NHL trying to make plays be an offensive factor. It’s nice to be coming to a team that’s a little more oriented that way.

“It’s not that St. Louis is not trying to score goals but it’s pretty evident that it’s a defence-first hockey team.”

And it’s pretty evident that the Oilers while still wanting to be more committed to their own zone have the potential to generate considerably more electricity.

“The guys here have so much speed” said Perron. “Sometimes there are passes that not many guys could see it just opens up the whole neutral zone and now you’re going into the zone 3-on-2 2-on-1. Guys like Hemmer (Ales Hemsky) and Taylor Hall it’s pretty unbelievable to watch them play.”

And fun to be a part of it.