By John Vogl
Position: Left wing
Junior team: Niagara (OHL)
Born: Guildford, England
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 205 pounds
2013-14 stats: 58 games, 34 goals, 37 assists, 71 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 8 (North America)
Lowdown: No matter how much the NHL changes, one thing that will never go out of style is a big winger with a scoring touch. That package is what makes Perlini tantalizing.
The winger began showing his potential last season after a trade to Niagara, and he was in his comfort zone this year. He brings plenty of speed, especially for a bigger player. He’s a quick thinker, too, which helps when he gets near the net. His long reach helps him with puck possession. His father was a star in England, so he’s been around the game his whole life despite the exotic hockey birthplace.
Perlini still needs to fill out his frame and add strength. He is inconsistent with his physical game. He was an assistant captain for Canada’s under-18 team. His brother, Brett, played at Michigan State and was drafted by Anaheim in 2010.
They said it: “He plays an unselfish game moving the puck around, and he gets his stick on pucks and arrives on time for chances. He's a good shooter and has a good touch finishing chances.” – Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting director.
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