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Penguins trade 1st round pick to Edmonton for David Perron

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The Pittsburgh Penguins make a HUGE splash in the trade market and acquire skill forward David Perron from Edmonton

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The Pittsburgh Penguins badly needed a skill infusion for their top 6. They pulled the trigger and got David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers.

This is a huge trade, and a very good one for the Penguins. A first round pick is a valuable commodity, especially in a deep draft like this year, but 1st round picks take time to matriculate into NHL talent- if they ever make it. Perron is a legit great offensive player right now, and the Pens badly need that with Pascal Dupuis likely on the shelf for the rest of the season.

Perron has a $3,812,500 cap hit this season and next and then would be an unrestricted free agent in summer 2016. He had his best season last year scoring 28 goals and 29 assist in 78 games with the Oilers. This year he has 19 points (5g, 14a) in 38 games.

I've long advocated for Perron, a skilled player with a right-hand shot but can play on the left wing. Add him to Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins are a lot deeper. They won't need to play Bryan Rust or Nick Spaling in the top 6 any more, which is a good thing.

Perron, at just 26 is a perfect player for the Penguins to have. Young enough and he's been very productive.

This is a solid deal for Pittsburgh, especially since they didn't have to include any of their young, talented defensemen like Scott Harrington or Brian Dumoulin to get Perron. I'd probably favor those prospects (close to NHL ready and looking good) better than an unknown late 1st round pick that probably won't be close to the NHL lineup until 2017-18 at earliest anyways.

EDIT: Looks like the Pens included Rob Klinkhammer in the deal. Makes sense to keep the roster under 23 players. Klinkhammer was a healthy scratch last game, and when a guy is a healthy scratch with so many players already hurt, that's a pretty good sign he's not fitting in.