Brendan Perlini Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Niagara IceDogs

Photo credit: CHL Images

Photo credit: CHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Brendan Perlini
Age – 18
Position – Left Wing
Height – 6′3″
Weight – 205
Draft Projection: Mid 1st rounder
OHL Team: Niagara IceDogs
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 34 goals, 37 assists, 71 points, -2, 36PIM, 58 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: one assist, 7 games
NHL Comparable(s) – Jeff Carter
Upside – 8/10

Strengths – Brendan Perlini is one of the best skaters in this year’s draft class. His top speed is extremely high, and he reaches it quickly due to his ability to pick up speed in his first three steps. Perlini uses his size well to protect the puck, and is confident with it on his stick. He regularly gains the opposing line with possession of the puck, and can carry it up ice whenever necessary. Perlini likes to go wide with speed to blow by defenders, before making a play with the puck or driving towards the net. He’s excellent on the power play, as his combination of speed, playmaking ability and an underrated shot make him almost impossible to stop. His shot is both quick and accurate, and he has no problems keeping the puck himself if he has a scoring opportunity. Perlini also possesses good hands and the ability to deke around defenders to continue up ice. Combine his speed with his skill, and he can break a game open at any point. His ability to read/react and process the game at a high pace is an aspect I don’t think he gets enough credit for.

Weaknesses – Perlini isn’t overly physical for a guy his size, and at times struggles with consistency, though most goal scorers do. He could also use some work in the defensive zone, as becoming more of a 200-foot player will allow him more ice time to create offense.

Career Projection – Perlini projects to be a top-6 goal-scoring winger who has the ability to become a game breaker.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:


Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion


Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Lemieux – Barrie Colts

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings


Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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