#6 David Perron
Over the course of his career, David Perron has proven to be a steady and solid top six option for any team that he joins. This year, with the Golden Knights, Perron has totaled 66 points in just 70 games played. Perron could be that player that the Panthers need to get over the hump and get into the playoffs.
Because David had such a successful season on an expansion team, he will likely be in for a decent-sized contract this summer (not too big, not too small). It’s very likely that Vegas will want to bring back his services, but if they can’t, he will have a good amount of teams on his radar, willing to pay a solid amount.
The other concern with Perron is that his production could dip the following season. After he receives his ‘nice little deal,’ it could very well get to him mentally, causing for his production to go down. A common trend we see with most free agents after receiving their deals is that their play slips, and sometimes, it even slips quite drastically too.
The Panthers will probably give Perron a call if he’s still a UFA by the time free agency opens, but they will probably pass once they find out how much he is demanding.
Signing Salary Prediction: 4 years/$22 million ($5.5M AAV).