On the Clock: Brendan Perlini
ISS Ranking: 9
Weight: 205 lbs
In a nutshell
Perlini recorded 71 points (34-37-71) in 58 games last season with the Niagara IceDogs. He is a big body but isn’t necessarily a physical player. He has great speed for his size along with good hockey sense. He was born in Great Britain while his father, Fred, was playing professional hockey over there. His dad played eight games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980s, while his brother, Brett, was an Anaheim Ducks draft pick in 2010.
Been there, done that
Won a bronze medal at the 2014 World Under-18 Championships with Team Canada, registering four points (3-1-4) in seven games.
James van Riemsdyk, Jeff Carter and Jamie Benn are the names being thrown around for Perlini. I would say Blake Wheeler comes to mind for me. Both are big men that can put the puck in the net and skate. Like Wheeler, I think Perlini will take a few years of developing before he is ready to make an impact in the NHL.
Word on the street
“Big, strong winger that can shoot the puck and can skate like the wind,” – TSN’s Bob McKenzie
Good fit in Vancouver?
There is no doubt the Canucks will take a hard look at the 6-foot-3 scoring winger who looks like he may blossom into a pretty good NHL player a few years down the road, but is it worth the sixth overall pick? Maybe not. Perlini’s size and skating ability have scouts drooling, but was his big spike in points this past season due to progression, or linemates? Just one assist in seven playoff games? There is no doubt if he develops into a Blake Wheeler-type player he would be a good fit for the Canucks, but there seem to be too many question marks surrounding his game to warrant a Top 6 selection.