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2014 NHL Draft Central

Nashville Predators Draft Targets – Brendan Perlini


Jun 24, 2014

2013-2014 Team: Niagra IceDogs (OHL)

2013-2014 Stats: 58gp, 34g, 37a (71pts)

Scouting Report Synopsis (via Elite Prospects):

“Perlini is a lethal combination of speed, puck skills, and hockey sense which allow him to make dynamic plays in all three zones. He plays a high puck possession game and thrives when the puck in on his stick. 

Why Nashville WOULD draft Brendan Perlini:

Only behind Carter Verhaeghe, third-round draft choice of the Toronto Maple Leafs in last years draft, Brendan Perlini notched 71 points this season for the Niagra IceDogs, an improvement of 61 points after 27 games in his previous season. Elite speed and playmaking abilities allow Perlini to execute high-level plays anywhere on the ice. While he easily could be one of the faster players available in the draft, Perlini’s presence can drastically improve any situation during a game.

Perlini’s great hands and incredibly accurate shot help him find the back of the net or at least put him in a place to be able to score against the opposition. With new head coach Peter Laviolette at the helm, and his absolute love of offense, drafting a player of Perlini’s caliber would only enhance the overall on-ice product in time.

Why Nashville WOULD NOT draft Brendan Perlini:

His physicality and his defensive play are a little suspect for such a top prospect. Were this team still coached by Barry Trotz, Perlini wouldn’t even be recognized in Nashville’s potential top-ten for that sole reason. Yet, it’s still a very important factor that has to be considered when drafting for the future.

Chance that Nashville drafts Brendan Perlini:

A stretch. My thinking is Perlini could go before the draft gets to double-digits. If he perchance falls to 11, it all depends on who else is available for Nashville to draft. That being said, I’m not sure if Perlini is right for what Nashville needs, but he’ll for sure be able to produce.