Chicago Blackhawks: Brendan Perlini Finding His Stride

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Since The Trade On November 25th 2018 Brendan Perlini, Unlike Dylan Strome, Has Struggled To Find His Stride … Until Now.

Brendan Perlini was born in the United Kingdom on April 27th 1996. At an early age his family moved to Canada where he started to pick up hockey, and he was good at it.

He was so good in fact he was drafted 12th overall by the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes. He’s a big bodied winger who plays a strong two-way game and has an excellent shot.

He struggled to find his place with the Arizona Coyotes, and was traded on November 25th 2018 along with Dylan Strome to the Blackhawks in exchange for Nick Schmaltz.

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Time With Blackhawks

Dylan Strome stepped in right away and has been a crucial part of the Blackhawks 2nd line and their power play. Brendan Perlini on the other hand, like in Arizona, struggled to find his spot in the lineup. They tried him on every line, but was not able to make the most of his opportunities.

In my eyes it always seemed like he was trying to do everything at once and was not very effective. Jeremy Colliton even stated in an article with Mark Lazerus, “It’s the play away from the puck, it’s the pressure on the puck, it’s the work ethic, it’s the 50/50s around the lines. That’s what allows you to have positive shifts. So if he does that, he’ll get his chances.”

On February 7th 2019 in Chicago, in a game against Vancouver, Perlini took a horrible penalty. Elias Pettersson was able to score on the power play which brought the game to over time. Luckily, the Blackhawks were able to score in over time and win.

After that game Brendan Perlini was scratched multiple times and rightfully so. This is usually hard on young players, but Perlini was able to stay strong and fight through it.

Brendan Perlini’s Resurgence

Before a game in Los Angeles, Perlini, decided he wanted to have more fun, thanks to a documentary called “Free Solo.” In an interview with Mark Lazerus from The Athletic, Perlini states, “This guy … climbing this massive mountain, no rope. It’s unbelievable. Literally, one mistake and he’s dead … Maybe I was looking at hockey (that way). And it’s … a game … So it’s having a little bit of an outlook like that — have fun, enjoy it.”

That outlook has started to really work for Perlini. He has had fun while also looking fast, strong and just being the most noticeable guy on the ice in a good way.

Since that game in Los Angeles, where he totaled two goals, Perlini has recorded eight goals and two assists for a total of ten points in the past six games. On the season he has 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points in 57 games.

He now is skating with Alex DeBrincat and his teammate in Arizona, Dylan Strome. He is now getting around 15 minutes of ice time instead of the ten minutes he averaged with the Blackhawks early on. That line has been on fire as of late with Perlini tallying four goals and two assists for a total of six points with the pair.

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Brendan Perlini’s Future

Last year, the Blackhawks brought in Anthony Duclair from the Coyotes and wanted to give him a change of scenery. It did not work out the way both sides had hoped it would and they ended up parting ways.

I do not foresee this happening with Perlini. I would expect Brendan Perlini to get a new contract. He has looked like an excellent player as of late, and I expect him to be a great player for the Blackhawks for years to come.

stats from: Hockey-Reference, Elite Prospects and NHL.com

quote from: The Athletic (Mark Lazerus)

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Author: WallMaz

WallMaz is a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan based in the Greater Chicago Area. He’s very interested in prospects and the NHL draft. In addition, he has his own site where he talk about the Chicago Blackhawks and does mock drafts every month.