The Arizona Coyotes announced on Friday that they have signed 2014 first round pick Brendan Perlini to a three-year entry-level contract.
“We are very pleased to sign Brendan to an entry-level contract,” Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “Brendan is a strong skater with great size and skill. He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his development.”
Perlini was selected 12th overall, first round, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Last season he scored 34-goals and dished out 37-assists for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs. He also recorded 3-1-4, in seven-games, with Team Canada at the 2014 U-18 World Championship. His efforts helped Team Canada win the bronze medal at the tournament.
He was born on April 27, 1996 in Guilford, England, where his father Fred was playing for the Guilford Flames. Hockey is a family affair for the Perlinis. His father played briefly for the Toronto Maple Leafs and his brother Brett was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
In 2007 his family moved to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada. In 2012-13 he joined the Barrie Colts of the OHL and then joined the IceDogs midway through the season. In 117 career OHL games he tallied 83-points, on 42-goals and 41-assists.
"He has a pro approach," IceDogs assistant coach David Bell noted in 2013. "He comes and asks about his improvements on the penalty kill and on his D zone. He knows he needs to work on his total package. A lot of guys, all they want to talk about is points. He's not yet once come and asked, 'let me see the goal I just scored.' Rather, it's 'where should I have been on that goal against?' or 'where should I have been on that penalty kill?' That's what pros do."