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Draft Profile: Brendan Perlini

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Draft Profile: Brendan Perlini
Of the top prospects available in the 2014 NHL Draft, Brendan Perlini has one of the more unique hockey upbringings.
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Of the top prospects available in the 2014 NHL Draft, Brendan Perlini has one of the more unique hockey upbringings.

Perlini, 18, was born in Guildford, a small town in Surrey, England. Though not exactly a prosperous hockey market, that’s where his father, Fred, finished out his 17-year playing career.

Fred was an eighth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and played just eight games over parts of two seasons in the National Hockey League, scoring two goals and five points. After four seasons in the American Hockey League, Fred took a trek across the pond, where he would log 10 years in the British Hockey League, regularly scoring 130-plus points each season. His last three seasons were spent with the Guildford Flames; Brendan was born in April of 1996, and the 1996-97 campaign would be Fred’s last.

Brendan had his first experience of organized hockey at a rink 20 minutes south of London and moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as a young boy.

BRENDAN PERLINI
Brendan Perlini
LEFT WING
HOMETOWN: SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO
HEIGHT: 6'3"
WEIGHT: 205
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 27, 1996 (AGE 18)

Now, after his second season in the Ontario Hockey League and first full season with the Niagara IceDogs, Perlini is an offensive standout and the NHL’s Central Scouting Service’s eighth-ranked North American skater.

“He’s a sniper who can shoot the puck,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes’ head of amateur scouting. “He’s got a National Hockey League release.”

In 2013-14, Perlini led his team in goals (34) and power-play goals (16). He scored a team-second-best 71 points, a drastic jump from the 12 points he posted as an OHL rookie with Barrie and Niagara just a season prior, and was voted the Eastern Conference’s most improved player in the annual OHL coaches’ poll.

“It’s tough to find guys who can skate and shoot the puck like he does,” MacDonald said.

In offering up a comparison many Canes fans will be familiar with, MacDonald likened Perlini’s skill set to that of Erik Cole’s.

“He has that kind of speed,” he said. “He’s got great speed and a great shot. He plays that type of game.”

In the size department, Perlini is already reasonably built at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. MacDonald said he could stand to add some more edge to this game, though.

“He’s a big guy with good size,” he said. “If he leaned on people more and became more aggressive and more physical, that would serve him well.”

Following his breakout campaign with Niagara, Perlini skated on the bronze-medal-winning Canadian national team in the IIHF U-18 World Championship. The winger ranked tied for second on the team in goals (3) and tied for third on the team in points (4) in seven tournament games.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60