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