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Road to the NHL Draft: Brendan Perlini

By John Vogl

Brendan Perlini

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.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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