Arizona Coyotes Select Brendan Perlini

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Arizona Coyotes Select Brendan Perlini With the #12 Pick —

The results are in and what was expected to be wide open and interesting 1st round certainly was. The Arizona Coyotes got themselves a very good prospect at #12.  Like many others, I didn’t expect Brendan Perlini to be around at the #12 spot.  Winnipeg Hockey Talk had him ranked at #6.  TSN’s Craig Button had him at #11, ISS had him at #6, The Hockey Writers also had him at #11 so all in all I think the Arizona Coyotes did pretty well to get Perlini at #12. 

About Brendan Perlini:

League:  OHL     Team:  Niagara IceDogs  

Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  April 27, 1996     Birthplace:  Guildford, GBR

Hometown:  Sault Ste. Marie

Height:  6’3     Weight:  205

2012-13 Stats:  Games: 59   G: 8   A:  4  Pts:  12  PIM: 8   Plus/Minus: -21

2013-14 Stats:  Games: 58   G: 34   A: 37  Pts:  71  PIM: 36   Plus/Minus:  -2


1.  Selected 16th overall in the 1st round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft  by the Barrie Colts.

2.  2013-14 represented Canada (Bronze) at the U18 WJC.

3.  Selected 12th overall in the 1st round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. 


It is more than likely he will return to the Niagara IceDogs for one more season and I would think his ETA in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes would be the 2016-17 NHL season.  One more full year back in junior and probably one full year in Portland (AHL) would be my first guess but he could surprise and make the jump to the NHL for the 2015-16 season as he already has NHL size, shot and skating ability.  

Like all young players, he will need to work on his defensive game and needs time to grown into his 6’3 frame.  Like all prospects, time will tell if Perlini can transition his junior game to the NHL level but his future looks bright and Coyote fans will be quite happy with their 2014 1st round pick.


Look for Brendan Perlini to be in the Coyotes “Top 6” forwards and on the 1st or 2nd unit powerplay within 3-4 years.   


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                    Brendan Perlini                             photo courtesy of OHL Images

Arizona Hockey Talk’s Original Draft Analysis for Brendan Perlini 

Offensive Buzzwords:

Very good stick handler with better than average puck skills.  He has good hockey sense and is able to hang onto the puck and distribute.  Good on-ice vision.  Perlini has a very good shot with a quick release, both wrist and slapshot.  


Brendan Perlini is a very good skater with better than average speed and acceleration.   

Defensive Buzzwords:

This is where Perlini’s draft position will be determined.  If he can improve his defensive awareness and commitment he can become a top level prospect.  This seems to be a work in progress.  Stay tuned.   


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Prospect Analysis:

Brendan Perlini was a late arrival to the 2014 NHL Draft rankings.  After a less than stellar rookie season he has been a fast rising 2014 draft prospect.  Brendan Perlini is one of the better skaters in the 2014 draft class.  His defensive game has improved and he works hard in all three zones.  Perlini is a player to definitely keep an eye on. Brendan Perlini should top out as a Top 6 forward that can play on the power-play as well.  He’s come a long way in a short time to being a potential Top 10-15 NHL Draft pick.

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