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Oilers’ David Perron to play first game back in St. Louis since summer trade

Edmonton Oilers v Buffalo Sabres

<> at First Niagara Center on February 3, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

Sean Rudyk

David Perron will play his first game in St. Louis since the Blues traded him to the Edmonton Oilers last July.

The Oilers are in St. Louis to play the Blues on Thursday.

Perron is also enjoying one of his best National Hockey League seasons, despite the overall struggles of the team, which sits at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings. Perron has already scored a career-high 24 goals this season, but is also at 46 points. His previous best before that was in 2008-09, when he had 50.

It’s of little consolation, considering where the Oilers are in the Western Conference.

“It would be nice to be a part of a run like (the Blues are on) but it’s the business of the league. I’m in the NHL, getting paid maybe more money than we should to be doing something we love,” Perron told the Edmonton Journal.

“I do kind of wish (this game) had come earlier in the year and that we’d still be in the race, that it would be a real meaningful game for the team, but that’s the way the schedule is.”

The off-season trade itself didn’t come as much of a surprise, with Perron saying he had a ‘gut feeling’ he was going to be dealt. But he also felt misunderstood in St. Louis.

“I believe I was a lot actually,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last summer.

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