Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Perron Is Last Man in as Central Division All-Star

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Perron Is Last Man in as Central Division All-Star

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Call him a late bloomer at age 31 if you will. You can certainly call him an integral part of the Blues' success, this year and last.

And as of Saturday evening, for the first time in his career, you can call David Perron an NHL All-Star. Perron was selected as the Central Division "Last Man In" in fan balloting over the past 10 days that concluded Friday night.

The forward from Sherbrooke, Quebec, joins teammates Jordan Binnington, Ryan O'Reilly and Alex Pietrangelo in the NHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Enterprise Center in just two weeks, on Jan. 25.

Perhaps that billboard exhorting fans to vote for "DP57" helped. Or the postgame endorsement by Binnington on Tuesday. Or the Twitter endorsement by Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.

Yes, there was a lot of buzz around town about voting Perron into the All-Star Game, and here he is.

"I thought obviously he should have been in there from the start," O'Reilly said Saturday morning before the results were announced by the NHL. "He's a huge reason why we're in this position we are now.

"The amount of, not just points he's put up, but the significant goals he's contributed to, the overtime goals to get us these wins I think are monumental. I think for all of us in here, for him to get rewarded for that would be huge."

He has been rewarded. Perron entered Saturday's game against the New York Rangers with 45 points (on 19 goals, 26 assists) in 45 games. He has seven game-winning goals this season, four of which have come in overtime.

Other players voted in via the Last Man In were: Washington's T.J. Oshie (Metropolitan), who's a former Blue; Toronto's Mitch Marner (Atlantic Division); and Vancouver's Quinn Hughes (Pacific Division).

Washington, Toronto and Vancouver all will have three players in the game, while the Blues have a league-high four.

For the Blues, it's possible they could field a 3-on-3 team for the All-Star Game of O'Reilly, Perron and Pietrangelo. …

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