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
|2009 - 10||Soo Greyhounds Minor Bantam AAA||NOMBHL||18||19||15||34||12||||
|2010 - 11||Belle Tire Bantam Major AAA||T1EBHL||31||18||17||35||17||||
|2011 - 12||Belle Tire U16||T1EHL U16||40||21||23||44||20|||||Playoffs||7||4||3||7||4|
While the draft is always exciting , and the Leafs, one way or the other, will likely end up getting a kid with immense promise , it is still hit and miss, isnt it ? The Perlini boy has good bloodlines , and that usually means something . If the Leafs make a good pick, the talk will be that everyone knew the kid would be good. If they miss, the rats will be coming out of the woodwork saying things like ...such and such a team picked so and so , ten picks later . Unless you are drafting a Nate MacKinnon, there is a chance to get a good one, or, a swing and a miss. Detroit has made some pretty astute (lucky) picks in the later rounds, and folks talk about the Red Wing scouting genius . Those same scouts , though, haven't done so well on the Wings first round picks (albeit those picks are generally around #25 ) . It isn't a total crapshoot, folks, but luck is part of the equation .
Leivo called up if injury to top 6
Carrick called up if injury to bottom 6
Percy/Finn if injury to Left D
Holzer/Granberg if injury to Right D
resign Kulemin, play him as the 2nd line RW on the Kadri line, have him as a backup plan for 3C if Holland isn't performing well with the chance. How does this sound? I thought Kuli played his best hockey of the season when he was a C
this is a bad thing right? Because the Leafs never get to big games haha
@Burtonboy Pffft...Stepan's out longer than that.Victim's probably done for the year and the perpetrator can play again this year Well done NHL.
@Jmessih His retweet last night was gold.
@Bruffins I'd have Ashton and Leo switch but I don't mind it. It's probably close to what we see,
@RandomScrub So you've obviously traded Bozak. What did we get for him ?
@Bruffins i love kuli, and think he is a hell of a workhorse and player. Sadly he falls, for me, on the list of other underrated leafers that might have better luck (for themselves and for the leafs) if they move on... these collapses have been brutal. in NO WAY kuli's fault, but if you have to make a change up.
@Bruffins for not a penny more than $3 million, this is not unreasonable
@Bruffins You know I likes me a Kulemin. Him and Komarov would be great to have on the wings considering both of them can easily make the switch to centre.
she is slightly more attractive than the Habs' singer
wait! Still hope that another team offers more than us, just not Florida. Have faith BB
@Burtonboy The plans I was hatching. Dammit BB.
@Jmessih Happy Friday Jm. Just the news that the guy who thinks Luongo is coming to Toronto thinks that Bolland's going to Florida...maybe for Luongo.
Govt gave everyone who was poor in Quebec a computer.
@Belfour20/JB-45 Everybody hates the Leafs except Leafs fans........or is it especially Leafs fans?
@Belfour20/JB-45 We're big but lazy. I mean Phook bailed at the registration page.
I think we will too.