Brendan Perlini – Player Profile – Niagara Ice Dogs
Born in Guildford Great Britain, the 6’3 – 180 pound left wing was the 16th overall selection by the Barrie Colts in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. He graduated from Belle Tire Bantam AAA after producing 18 goals and 17 assists in 31 games in 2010-2011 to Belle Tire U16 the following season in Midget, amassing 21 goals and 23 assists in 40 games.
He started off slow for the loaded Colts squad in his rookie season tallying just one goal and one assist in 32 games. But then a trade, along with a 6th round pick to Niagara for Mitchell Theoret provided new life for Perlini. He finished the season with 7 goals and 3 assists in 27 games for the Ice Dogs.
In 2012, Perlini was invited to the Team Ontario selection camp that would take part in the World U17 Hockey Challenge and was one of the final cuts. In the summer of 2013, he was one of 3 players that did not take part in the World U17 to be invited to Team Canada’s U18 selection camp that would go on to win its sixth consecutive gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Although he failed to make either squad, the experience and knowledge he picked up at both camps will help in his development.
Perlini is a strong skater with very good puck skills and hockey sense and can think the game at high speed. He has excellent size but really needs to work on adding some muscle and bulk to his frame. Perlini has excellent offensive abilities while always remaining cautious of the defensive side of his game. He scores goals in multiple ways – with his shot, driving to the net or standing in the dirty areas for second chances.
He started off the season strongly scoring 9 goals and 15 assists in his first 15 games this season – including an 11 game point streak – which opened a lot of eyes and thus began his climb up the draft rankings. Perlini cooled off a bit in November scoring 3 goals and 11 assists in 14 games. But he has picked it back up since the calendar flipped to December having scored 12 goals and 7 assists in 13 games.
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