August 18 2014 07:30AM
The biggest off-season move that Cheveldayoff made was signing the underrated Mathieu Perreault. Perreault blossomed after being dealt to the high-flying Anaheim Ducks, posting an impressive 43 points in 69 games while playing near the 12-minute mark per game. That’s impressive.
Sure you can look at it as he played on a good team, and wouldn’t have produced the same kind of numbers with a lesser team. Well, enter your new organization Mathieu, because you’re likely gonna be under the microscope and you will play more, and with more playing time and pressure, production is needed.
He’s always been a solid depth option, and at $3 million per season, the deal could turn out to be a really good one for the Jets.
When I say that Perreault is a solid depth scorer, it’s an understatement. Perreault is almost always good for at minimum 30 points, even though he hasn’t stayed completely healthy in his NHL career (Most games played in a season was last year’s 69.)
Last season, playing for a mighty Ducks team (haha, I make myself self laugh….did you get it??) Perreault broke out despite playing third line minutes, and many questioned why the Ducks didn’t bring him back. (The answer is Ryan Kesler went there. Plain and simple.)
While many may look at last season as a fluke, it’s worth noting that Perreault has had a very good Corsi number the past few seasons, always keeping his head above the 50% line, and became known as an underrated fan favourite in Washington. He’s not a big guy, but Perreault has been a very useful player for a lot of years and now he’ll finally get a chance to extend his career. The floor is yours Mr. Perreault.
Getting too elated about the positives I’ve pointed out should not be a crutch to lean on when predicting Perreault’s season with the Jets next year. According to my personal depth chart, Perreault will slot in as the 3rd-line centre behind Bryan Little and Mark Scheifele. If what many media outputs have said is true (and I have no idea how credible this source of information is) that Perreault was promised playing time with Evander Kane, then you could jack up the number of points. If not continue to read on.
The Jets will not be a good team next year, and could infact be competing for the “No Honour for Connor” sweepstakes. Sorry to break it to ya in a PLAYER PREVIEW blog, but it’s the truth. We will know a lot more about Perreault half way through the season. (Read the bottom in major questions for elaboration on that point.)
My fair prediction is that Perreault will manage slightly over 40 points this season if he stays completely healthy. However, The Hockey News calls him the “Rodney Dangerfield of the NHL…Gets no respect, but just keeps on scoring.” Do you trust them or me???
1. Was Perreault really promised time with Evander Kane during contract negotiations?
Playing with talented players is always a nice draw card, and considering the Jets don’t have much else to dangle, it’s one of the best they got. Word has it that Perreault was promised time with Evander Kane despite Kane’s chemistry with Mark Scheifele. Hey, I’m certain a bait-n-switch was implemented. The boldest thing Cheveldayoff has ever done!
2. Is Perreault a good player only on good teams?
My elaboration is finally here….I know you were all excited about it. Perreault has played on some good teams (well, if you can call the Capitals a good team in the past few seasons) and has become a complimentary player. The real question is to find out whether or not he is underrated and underutilized or was at his best because he wasn’t in the spotlight. Well, welcome to Winnipeg where all the answers will be known.
3. Can this be a career year for Perreault?
Perreault will likely find a lot more ice, and barring one or two injuries could see himself placed directly into the top six playing with the likes of Wheeler, Byfuglien, Kane, Ladd or Frolik frequently. If only the rest of the team wasn’t so bad. I’m sticking with 40-45 points at best.