David Perron has been one of the best offensive weapons the Ducks have had since coming over in a mid-January trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Anaheim may be without the 27-year-old winger for at least a few games after he suffered what appeared to be a serious upper-body injury.
Perron was forechecking during Sunday’s tilt with the Jets when he clipped skates with Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele. Perron’s momentum caused him to fall forwards and topple into the boards with his shoulder taking the brunt of the impact. Immediately, Perron was writhing on the ice in pain before collecting himself off the ice, leaving his stick behind and heading straight to the visiting dressing room:
Perron’s inability to move his right arm while skating off the ice is the first sign something wasn’t right, but he didn’t return to the game and caused the lines to be shaken up a bit for the remainder of Sunday’s game. And if there was any hope Perron had been held out as a precaution, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau’s words weren’t reassuring post-game.
Following Sunday's game, Boudreau said he wasn’t sure if the Perron would require an MRI or what the next steps were, and told the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens that the coaching staff was only told Perron wouldn’t be returning Sunday.
“It’s a tough loss for us,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know how long or anything. It’s an upper-body injury. It’ll be better evaluated in the next day or two.”
There’s no telling exactly how long Perron will be out at this point, but the Ducks announced Monday that Perron is "week-to-week" and will head back to Anaheim instead of remaining on the Ducks' current five-game Canadian road trip. Anaheim has stops in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton coming up before returning home to open up a four-game home stand.
The obvious hope is that Perron’s injury doesn't cost him any action come the post-season. Since coming over to Anaheim on Jan. 17, Perron has eight goals and 20 points, which puts him fifth in scoring on the Ducks over that span. Perron’s production has given Anaheim some much needed depth scoring, and his usefulness on the power play has been evident. He has three goals and seven points with the extra man since being dealt to the Ducks.
Anaheim is currently four points back of the first place Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division with 11 games remaining.