Brendan Perlini Draft Profile

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Brendan Perlini
Brendan Perlini

I’m not normally a fan of comparisons, but Brendan Perlini reminds me so much of Jeff Carter when I watched Carter in his draft year (2003). Same kind of body type and skill set, and the same kind of concerns about consistency and physical intensity. Brendan Perlini has three great things going for him: Size, skating, and one heck of a shot. Once he gets going down the wing, he’s incredibly difficult to stop and he has both a great slapper and a terrific wrist shot, which he needs little space to get off. He does a great job of getting himself in scoring position to use his shot and has gotten better at fighting through traffic to get open. All that said, the other components of his game are not consistent. For as strong as he is with the puck off the rush, he needs to drive the net with more consistency and really use his size to give defenses a hard time.

Playing with Carter Verhaeghe and Anthony DiFruscia (two terrific board players), he was often guilty of standing around watching the play far too much instead of getting his nose dirty in the corners. I will give him credit, though. His effort on the back check and overall defensive awareness really improved as the season went on. He’s now a capable penalty killer and does a good job of tying up opposing forwards in the slot. Even though he wasn’t scoring a ton in the playoffs, his effort defensively helped to keep Niagara in that series. Perlini was also solid at the U18s and certainly didn’t hurt his cause in the event.
– Brock Otten, OHL Prospects

Brendan Perlini Highlights

Brendan Perlini Stats

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/- Postseas.GPGATPPIM+/-
2009 - 10Soo Greyhounds Minor Bantam AAANOMBHL1819153412|
2010 - 11Belle Tire Bantam Major AAAT1EBHL3118173517|
2011 - 12Belle Tire U16T1EHL U164021234420|Playoffs74374
2012-13Barrie ColtsOHL321124-6|
Niagara IceDogsOHL2773104-15|Playoffs512340
2013-14Niagara IceDogsOHL5834377136-2|Playoffs70116-2
Canada U18WJC-18731462|
  • AussieLeaf

    This is the player I bet the Leafs go after if they stay in the 8th spot – good wheels for a tall kid and a great shot.  Did well in the under 18s too.  Playing with Verhaeghe is also a plus.

  • loomx

    Another player to trade down for if he’s the target.

  • NotSince67

    loomx Last time I checked Fabbri was a mid to late first rd. pick.

  • NotSince67

    Is Brock doing articles for MLHS or was this taken from his blog?

  • loomx

    NotSince67 loomx I think he’s probably being considered by most as a top 10 prospect with the playoffs he’s had.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Any relation to Fred Perlini, ex-Leaf hopeful from way back?

  • Favell66

    Xxxxxnew Thats his Dad

  • Fish Head

    loomx I think he’ll be a bust. He has the size but doesn’t use it. He can score goals but doesn’t want to do any of the dirty work. He’s not talented enough not to do any of the dirty work. I’m hoping Nylander or Vertanin are still available

  • Alec Brownscombe

    NotSince67 Both. Brock will be doing some other stuff with us too as the draft approaches.

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe NotSince67 Excellent . I really like what I’ve read so far

  • Xxxxxnew

    Favell66 Xxxxxnew Interesting. And I used to play pickup hockey with Doug Favell.

  • NotSince67

    Fish Head loomx Perlini will make the NHL. I feel he may take nore years to come around, but as far as I see it, he has out of the top OHL prospects this year (although have not seen Ritchie), second fastest next to Fabbri, he’s the biggest especially with a rangy frame and big wingspan. It’s not that he doesn’t go to the dirty areas, but it’s inconsistent. When he is determined to have the puck, he can take over a game.
    He’s got a few great things going for him. I think it’s more a matter of developing some good habits and consistency and commitment to the details of being harder to play against. But he’s got serious tools in his size and skating to build on.

  • Loric76

    So Carcillo get’s 10 games, and Stepan is out indefinitely.  I bet Prust gets 5 or less, mostly because he’s a dirty Hab.

  • WendelGilmour

    he was often guilty of standing around watching the play far too much instead of getting his nose dirty in the corners. No thanks.

  • MaxwellHowe

    WendelGilmour  seems vaguely familiar

  • NotSince67

    loomx NotSince67 Fabbri is probably my favourite OHLer in this class, but…. 
    I love the kid to death. He doesn’t quit and plays so much bigger like Theo Fleury, and he’s mad talented. I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen about Darnell Nurse trying to rough him up and get in his kitchen and Fabbri I believe ended the night with a hat-trick and game winner on the PP which he had drawn vs Nurse. HE rose to the occasion with the abuse and always went right back at him.
    But…. size is a concern…… sounds stupid but, it’s hard to tell if he’s still as tenacious and effective when the nastiness and size get cranked up a notch. I do feel though with his style, he’ll overcome but… I feel it’s hard to make him a top 10 unless a scouting staff is really convinced size won’t be an issue for him.

  • WendelGilmour

    MaxwellHowe WendelGilmour Lol, yeah way too familiar.

  • ProfessorRance

    WendelGilmour Lupul 2.0 PASS

  • Favell66

    Xxxxxnew Favell66 Cool, he was my favorite goalie when I was a kid, not really sure why…..

  • WendelGilmour

    ProfessorRance WendelGilmour The last thing we need is another forward who won’t forecheck.

  • NotSince67

    WendelGilmour I can also tell you when you hear scouts from the National team speak of him, listen to what they say about how hard he worked. As a U-17 wasn’t a consideration, did not make the team. Worked his ass off and was almost selected to the Canadian squad for the Ivan Hlinka (which is the true U-18,  the U-18 WJC is not a true best on best, some players are off still playing with their club teams).
    Off ice work ethic and dedication to put in the work to succeed are clearly not issues with this kid. Not far off with how Leafs brass put a lot of stock in how hard Reilly worked in rehab. It’s incredibly difficult especially at that age to demonstrate to be a driven individual, but then to be a driven individual with talent. 
    I would not put too much stock in that one sentence. He’s certainly not lazy.

  • WendelGilmour

    NotSince67 WendelGilmour Thanks for the input, nice to get more info.

  • Bruffins

    NotSince67 WendelGilmour
    not sure where all the prospects rank but if he were BPA when we picked it would be sweet to have him and Carter V develop together

  • NotSince67

    Other musings on Perlini: http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1505741

  • MaxwellHowe

    NotSince67 loomx  I think you’re going to see the NHL take extra steps very soon to protect its stars.  As Don Cherry observed, Crosby was mugged during the playoffs.  The NHL does NOT want to contemplate the possibility of guys like Sid retiring young or talented Europeans just going to the KHL

  • Fish Head

    NotSince67 Fish Head loomx Reminds me of a poor man’s Joe Colborne. Plenty of size but doesn’t know how to use it.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Broll – Fabbri – Connor Brown

    Leafs 3rd line in 2015-2016, first line in 2017-2018

  • Burntheboats

    MaxwellHowe Why would we waste McDavid on the second line?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burntheboats MaxwellHowe  What chance do we have of getting McDavid?  Lets try to keep it real here dude.

  • Jordan29

    MaxwellHowe Burntheboats LOL

  • Burntheboats

    MaxwellHowe Burntheboats Lol I was just joking. Obviously we are getting Eichel instead.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Favell66 Xxxxxnew He’s from St. Catharines, where I was from. Played junior in nearby Niagara Falls with Bernie Parent. He was a high scoring forward in junior and the early pro lacrosse leagues.

  • Mcost61

    2500 fine and an ovation from Les Habs

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burntheboats MaxwellHowe  that’s better

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Some people don’t like the Biggs pick based on what they think he will become. Fair enough.
    Some don’t like that we moved 2 picks to move up and can make an argument for their belief.  
    But the notion in retrospect that the scouts just suck/should be replaced because of things like taking Biggs over Saad is out to lunch. 
    20 picks were made by 17 teams between those 2 selections and of course some of those teams are considered successful at drafting. 
    Ultimately one has to give credit to the Hawks for making the pick, but until we see how the two choices they made between Biggs and Saad (#26 Phillip Danault, #36 Adam Clendening) in that draft it remains to be seen how smart 
    they were.  
    Botton line: It’s true when they say it’s too hard to project what a
    17/18 year old player will become at the top level of competition.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/JasonGregor https://twitter.com/JasonGregor/status/469940510514098176
    “I think Bolland will sign with Florida instead of Toronto, mainly because of money. ” Shannon

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy  sweet

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/r_smith095 https://twitter.com/r_smith095/status/469940672871403521
    https://twitter.com/JasonGregor Edmonton will outbid Florida

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Burtonboy Thats great news!

  • Mcost61

    Good thing he gets paid for this brilliance

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy  even better – out of the division

  • RandomScrub

    and to think we were all worried about Bolland getting re-signed for an ass-load of money.

  • NotSince67

    Bobsyouruncle Maybe people don’t like the Biggs pick because he was being touted by the scouting staff as being “the next Lucic” and having offensive upside, when really, his numbers showed a completely deficiency in offensive skill in a tier-II junior league.
    So if this guy can possibly put up points…. why hasn’t he done it yet?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Bobsyouruncle  But I’m not even sure what it was that drew the scouts attention to Biggs, that made them think he was worth two other later picks.  He was big and scored a few in the USHL?  That said, I guess people make mistakes – another team would probably have made the same one if Burke hadn’t moved up.

  • MaxwellHowe

    RandomScrub  lets not get ahead of ourselves.  Still time for the Leafs to do something really stupid

  • Bruffins

    MaxwellHowe RandomScrub
    THERE’S ALWAYS TIME!

  • loomx

    MaxwellHowe Bobsyouruncle Trading up to pick a guy with limited offensive potential is what gets me.

  • Loric76

    Bobsyouruncle I don’t like the Biggs pick or the fact that we traded up to get him.  But I don’t blame the scouts.  As much as I love Burke I have a strong feeling he ignored the scouts and went off on his own on this one.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    NotSince67 Are you fucking retarded. Does that post say to you “this guy wants to debate the value of Biggs”. Piss off. lol

  • Mcost61

    All I want is for Soupcan to NOT be on NHL 15. Been voting like crazy