Draft Pick Profile: Brendan Perlini
•EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Brendan Perlini.
Height/Weight: 6-2, 205
Position: Left Wing
Hometown: Guildford, Surrey, England
Round: 1 (12th overall)
2013-14 team: Niagara (OHL)
Twitter handle: @Bubzp11
Perlini is a big, versatile forward who was born in England and was raised there until age 12. He learned to play hockey on Olympic-sized rinks and last season turned heads with an offensive outburst playing for Niagara in the OHL.
• Perlini led Niagara during the 2013-14 season with 34 goals in 58 games, and finished second on the team with 71 points. He was named the team’s most sportsmanlike player.
• Perlini notched three goals and one assist in seven games for Canada’s bronze medal winning entry at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship.
"I think my biggest asset is my skating. Being such a big guy, being able to bring a lot of speed and being able to attack defenders is tough to do and I think I can do that really well." – Brendan Perlini
"Living (in England) and playing over there, obviously it’s not the biggest hockey market, but I learned to play the game the right way and develop my skills. I learned to play on the Olympic ice and it was a very fun time over there. I wouldn’t trade it in for the world." – Brendan Perlini
"He’s got lots of potential. We think he’s still just scratching the surface. He’s big. He can skate with a really nice, smooth stride. He can shoot the puck and he can snap the puck. He has good hands and good instincts around the net and an excellent one-timer. He’s not a physical player for his size, but he gets to the areas that he needs to get to and he battles for pucks." – Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• Perlini began playing hockey in the United Kingdom where his father, Fred, worked as director of a hockey program after his playing career ended in 1997 with the Guildford Flames of the British Hockey League. He wears No. 11 as a tribute to his father, who played eight games with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being drafted in 1980 (158th overall).
• Brendan’s brother, Brett, played four years at Michigan State University and was drafted by Anaheim in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. He currently plays in the ECHL for the Toledo Walleye.