One of the top draft prospects, Brendan Perlini is hoping to make an impression in Calgary at the Top Prospects Game.
CALGARY, AB - Former Toronto Maple Leaf, Fred Perlini’s son, Brendan Perlini of the OHL Niagara IceDogs is currently ranked eighth in the Central Scouting Midterm Rankings.
“Obviously, to get drafted by any team would be an honour,” said Perlini on this year’s draft. “And, I think as far as this year goes, I’ve been playing well and hopefully I can keep it up. You never know what can happen at the end of the year and at the draft and I just look to keep getting better and working towards that. “
Perlini was born and raised in Guildord, Surrey, England where his father played pro for the Guildford Flames after playing for the Leafs. When he was 11, Perlini moved to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where both of his parents called home and during his second year of bantam his family moved to Detroit.
Perlini was selected 16th overall by the Barrie Colts in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. In his first season (2012-13) in the OHL with the Colts, Perlini would play 32 games and accumulate one goal and one assist before being traded to the Niagara IceDogs, where he would tally seven goals and three assists in 27 games played for a total of 12 points in 59 games, that season.
“I’m a big forward,” said Perlini on the type of player he is. “I bring a lot of speed to the table, I use my skill sets well and I think I can make other players around me better.”
In his second season with the IceDogs (2013-14) the 6-2, 205-pound left winger, has put up 60 points in 42 games. He leads his team in scoring and ranks eighth overall in OHL scoring. This season, he is also minus 3, with 22 PIM. He ranks second in the league with 13 power play goals and has 19 multi-point games this season.
“It’s going great personally, I have 60 points in I think 40  games. I’m playing real well this year,” said Perlini about his season. “As far as our team goes, we’re struggling a little bit, I think we could do a bit better but we have a really young team this year and the next couple years could be good.”
The IceDogs are currently fifth in the OHL’s Central Divison going, 14-22-2-4. Taking a break from his OHL schedule, Perlini is currently in Calgary for the 19th annual Top Prospects game held at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 15th, where he wears number 11 for Team Orr. A number he chose to pay homage to his father’s pro career where he had the number retired.
“So far it’s been good,” said Perlini about the event. “Obviously, the media and everything is pretty cool, you never really get this around your team. But, as far as the atmosphere and everything, I think it’s going to be a good couple of days.”