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Perlini Can’t Wait to Start Pro Career

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Forward Brendan Perlini is one of the senior members of this year’s Coyotes Prospect Development Camp, and insiders are expecting the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft to stand out on Friday night in the camp finale scrimmage at Gila River Arena.

Brendan Perlini. Photo by Norm Hall.

“I’m a huge fan of Brendan Perlini,” said Steve Sullivan, the team’s Director of Player Development. “I think his skillset is outstanding. He’s a guy that shoots the puck harder than anybody else in this camp. He’s a goal scorer and he’s a big body, and he can skate like the wind. Hopefully he can make the next step.”

Perlini, who is attending the prospect camp for a third time, is done with junior hockey. His next team with either be the Coyotes or Arizona’s American Hockey league affiliate in Tucson. Of course he’d prefer the former to the latter, but either way he’s ready to start the next chapter of his hockey career.

“I’m excited to be done with junior and turning pro this year,” Perlini said. “Obviously I’m looking to give my best effort (at training camp) in September and try to make this team. I believe I’m going to be a good pro and that’s what I have in my head so I’m just going to keep trying to work towards that.”

Perlini played four seasons of junior hockey with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League. His final season was a curious one based on his stats – he notched 45 points compared to 60 and 71 in the two seasons before that.

Brendan Perlini. Photo by Norm Hall.

“It was definitely a learning year,” Perlini said of his final junior season. “It was different. We had a team who was good who struggled all year. We made a push at the end for playoffs, which was great for experience. The maturity of my game has kind of stepped up a bit more. I just tried to work on things that I wasn’t normally good at and I thought I got a lot better at them.”

Perlini is planning to stay in Arizona this summer to work out and skate with other NHLers and potential NHLers. He wants to be in Arizona mode when training camp begins.

Sullivan has been closely monitoring Perlini on his journey to pro hockey. He likes how the left wing, who was born in England, has performed on “big stages” such as past Coyotes camps and at the IIHF World Junior Championship in January, and he’s not concerned about Perlini’s modest stats from last season.

“He’s putting a lot of time and work in and preparing himself,” Sullivan said. “That’s all we can ask from him.”

Head Coach Dave Tippett agreed.

“I think he’s going to be a better pro than he was a junior,” Tippett said. “He skates well, he’s real curious to learn and he wants to take that next step. I think you’ll see him continue to flourish.”

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