David Perron’s natural tendency is deke his way out of uncomfortable situations. But when asked recently if he had been misunderstood during his six seasons with the Blues, he took a direct route to the answer.
“I believe I was a lot actually,” Perron said after learning 13 days ago that he had been sent to Edmonton in a trade that brought the Blues forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round draft pick in 2014.

Perron, now 25, was part of a Blues era in which players were promoted out of necessity. Credentials were optional. Hype was mandatory.

The No. 26 overall pick in the 2007 draft, Perron entered the NHL after only one year of playing major junior hockey in Canada. Asked during his first Blues’ development camp what he planned to work on upon returning to juniors, Perron indicated that he would make the NHL roster.

“I think that’s why some people took me as a cocky type of person,” he said. “I just got drafted by the Blues, and for most kids, they’re just really happy to be drafted. If I’m coming to camp, it’s not to be a passenger. Maybe that’s where some of the guys didn’t take it well … but it’s not because I wanted to be disrespectful. I felt I could really do it and I did.”

Perron netted 13 goals and 27 points as a rookie in 2007-08, but his production only somewhat offset concerns of immaturity and cockiness.

There was the memorable moment when Perron showed up to practice with white skates, only to have former Blues coach Andy Murray instruct the equipment staff to paint the skates black to match his teammates.

There was the day when he was placed on a line with a slumping Doug Weight and responded, “We need to get Dougie going.” A retired Blue asked a reporter to remove the comment to save Perron from a scolding.