Brendan Perlini | LW Niagara | OHL
Height: 6’2” Weight: 205 Shoots: Left
Born: April 27, 1996

Career Statistics
2012-2013   Barrie      GP: 32   G: 1  A: 1   P: 2     +/-: -6     PIM: 4
2013-2013   Niagara   GP: 27   G:7   A: 3   P: 10   +/-: -15   PIM: 4

Player Overview

Perlini is off to a great start as a sophomore with 37 points
in 23 games (Photo Credit: NHL)
Perlini, whose brother Brett, and father Fred have also played the game, was born in London England. Not exactly a hot spot for developing young players, but it worked out for him. Despite only playing 18-19 league games a season, his teams would travel to Sweden and Russia for tournaments. However, coming to North America would prove to be a crucial step in his development, as evidenced by his strong play early in his OHL career.

After an unspectacular start in Barrie as a rookie, he was shipped to Niagara where he finished off his first season on a positive note. And thus far, the power forward has continued to impress. Considered by many to bring a “total package,” Perlini is a great skater, especially for his size. Future Considerations Jedd Jones calls him one of the best skaters in the entire draft. Offensively, Perlini likes to play a puck possession game. He is at his best when the puck is on his stick and can make things happen thanks to his great hockey IQ.

Already displaying the mindset of a professional, assistant coach David Bell commends the young forward for the work he puts in. Always looking to improve, Perlini often seeks out the coaching staff on how he can improve his game, specifically his penalty killing and defensive zone play.

With a maturity beyond his years, Perlini knows how to prepare day in and day out. Continuing to build his body, he is already an extremely difficult player to contain in the offensive zone. His willingness to get to the dirty areas to make a play only add to the havoc he can create.

In terms of players he looks to, Perlini tries to emulate players like Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, big guys who can skate and have skill. And with his combination of size, speed, skill and sense, he should be a well-rounded and effective contributor at the next level. He has already more than doubled his production from last season and doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down any time soon.