Dallas Eakins is not one of those coaches who subscribes to the philosophy that a team should retreat into a defensive stance to protect a lead.

He wants the Edmonton Oilers to protect a lead by attacking and scoring goals — a bonus for David Perron the winger is equipped with the hands of a goal scorer.

In four pre-season games with the Oilers he’s put away a team-high five goals and registered one assist. He scored his fourth and fifth goals in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over the New York Rangers skating alongside Mark Arcobello and Jordan Eberle.

“It’s a new challenge. Completely different style of hockey — one that I really enjoy playing in” Perron said from his new quarters in the Oilers locker room. He arrived in Edmonton this summer by a way of a trade with the St. Louis Blues a deal that saw Magnus Paajarvi depart for the U.S. Mid-west.

“The biggest thing is that between the periods whether it’s 4-1 or 4-2 it doesn’t matter he wants us to keep playing the exact same way” Perron continued. “I can play both games (offensively and defensively) but the way I came up was by playing offence and it is fun to play hockey that way — in my opinion.

“I do think when you’re having fun you really do push yourself that extra 10 per cent and I do want to be a factor every night.”

For the previous six seasons Perron 25 was tied to the Blues defensive style of play that is favoured by coach Ken Hitchcock. He registered two 20-goal seasons and put away 10 in last season’s lockout shortened campaign.

But the Blues needed to clear up some cap room and they deemed Perron expendable so the Oilers sent Paajarvi to St. Louis along with a second-round draft pick.

Perron a 2007 first round pick for St. Louis (26th overall) has three years remaining on a $15.25 million contract. Paajarvi selected by Edmonton 10th overall in 2009 is still trying to find his footing on a team that is now carrying 13 forwards with one-way contracts.

He’s been playing left wing with Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko but St. Louis has also added Brenden Morrow to the mix so someone is going to be flipped to another team or assigned to Peoria. Hitchcock said Paajarvi will be a complimentary two-way player but there are still some aspects of his game that need work.

As for Perron he is quick to caution that it is the pre-season but also admitted that he’d rather find his scoring touch now as opposed to later — largely because he is making a new start on a new team.

“I’m just getting back to form. Hopefully it carries over to the season” he said. “I just have to keep working.

“When you’re coming into a new team it’s nice to show management what you can do after they’ve brought you in. Secondly it gives you that personal confidence when you go into the regular season rather than have it go to other way.

“I do think it’s the way that I play that’s giving me success. I’m really working hard and playing with Eberle I don’t even have to think about scoring. He’ll end up finding you. Same with Arcobello.”