David Perron the jerk Oilers have needed

David Perron is the kind of player who chirps his opponents and gets in other guys' faces. He's...

David Perron is the kind of player who chirps his opponents and gets in other guys' faces. He's also able to put the puck in the other team's net. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 PM ET

David Perron is kind of a jerk.

Which, if you’re the Edmonton Oilers, is kind of awesome.

How long have they been looking for a guy who can play, who nobody really likes playing against? Probably since Esa Tikkanan left.

And Perron, with his hacking at goalies, fencing with opponents, face-washing and running his mouth, as much at home in a scrum as he is around the net, fits the shift-disturber role rather nicely.

And, by nicely, we mean a jerk.

“There are games where if it’s not going the way you like, you try to get yourself going, and sometimes it’s the other team that gets you going,” said Perron, who, like most good agitators, shifts the blame to the other guys. “They chirp you, and for some reason I love when the other team is yelling at me, I get going even more after that. It’s part of my style for sure.”

It’s a style that has Perron in the team lead with seven goals and, if you don’t count tough guy Luke Gazdic, has him leading all Oiler


Videos

Photos