GLENDALE - Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke highly of several of the team's rookies at his recent season-ending press conference.
His powerful comments about forward Brendan Perlini, however, stood out.
"Perlini is something that this organization has been missing for a long time," Tippett said. "He's a bona fide goal scorer. He has the ability to score and plays the game fast. He's a pretty driven player, too. He's kind of a happy-go-lucky guy, but he really is a driven player. He's going to be a good player for a long time."
Perlini notched 14 goals in 57 NHL games in his first pro season, which he began playing for Tucson in the American Hockey League. He scored 14 goals there, too, in just 17 games, giving him 28 in his first 74 pro games.