2010-11: Brendan Perlini skated for the Belle Tire bantam AAA team in suburban Detroit after playing his youth hockey in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He scored 18 goals with 17 assists and had 17 penalty minutes in 31 games.
2011-12: Perlini was the second-leading scorer for the Belle Tire U16 midget team. He scored 21 goals with 23 assists and had 20 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games. Belle Tire finished first in the Tier 1 Elite league’s Great Lakes Division Perlini scored 4 goals with 3 assists in seven playoff games. He was selected by the Barrie Colts in the first round (16th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.
2012-13: Perlini began his first OHL season with Barrie before being obtained by Central Division rival Niagara in January in a mid-season trade. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -6 with 4 penalty minutes in 32 games in limited ice time with the first-place Colts before the trade to the fourth-place IceDogs. He scored 7 goals with 3 assists and was -15 with 4 penalty minutes in 27 games with Niagara. The IceDogs reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500 and Perlini scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in the five game series with Oshawa.
2013-14: Perlini attended Hockey Canada’s U18 camp but did not play in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament before returning to Niagara for his first full season with the IceDogs. He was an assistant captain for the Canada U18 team at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Perlini was the second-leading scorer for the IceDogs behind Maple Leafs’ prospect Carter Verhaeghe. He scored a team-leading 34 goals with 37 assists and was -2 with 36 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games. Niagara finished fourth in the Central Division, taking North Bay to seven games in a first-round playoff series. Perlini had 1 assist and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games for Canada at the U18 WJC. Canada finished third, defeating Sweden, 3-1, in the bronze medal game. Perlini was ranked eighth amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Phoenix in the first round (12th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Perlini signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes in July 2014 and attended his first NHL training camp with the Coyotes before returning to Niagara for his third OHL season. He made his pro hockey debut with the Portland Pirates in the AHL playoffs following his junior season. In four games in the Pirates’ first-round series against eventual Calder Cup champion Manchester he scored his first professional goal, his only point, and was -1 with no penalties. Perlini was an assistant captain for the IceDogs as an 18-year-old. Despite not making his season debut until December 4th due to a hand injury suffered in Arizona’s training camp, he was tied for second on Niagara with 26 goals and had 34 assists in 43 regular season games, finishing +15 with 22 penalty minutes. The IceDogs finished third in the Central Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs. Perlini scored 7 goals with 5 assists and was +1 with 7 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.
Perlini’s primary assets are his speed and puck skills. He has tremendous hands and displays offensive savviness, consistently finding the soft spots in the offensive zone where he can redirect shots and cash in on rebounds. Perlini’s size is his secondary asset. He uses his size and strength to absorb and work through body contact. If he learns to be assertive with his size on the forecheck, his production could explode.
Perlini attended Canada's U20 development camp and will participate in his second training camp with the Coyotes. Barring any surprises, he will return to Niagara for his fourth OHL season in 2015-16 since he is too young to play in the AHL. He is still in the mix to play for Canada's U20 team and an appearance in the 2016 World Junior Championships would be an excellent experience for him. Perlini projects to being a strong two-way forward with a willingness to go into hard areas to score at the NHL level.