2008-09: The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native skated in 26 of 38 games as a freshman at Michigan State. Perlini scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 4 PMs and was -16 plus/minus as the Spartans finished tied for tenth in the CCHA; winning just 10 games.
2009-10: In his sophomore season for Michigan State, Perlini posted 7 goals and 5 assists in 20 games. He was named the MVP of the Great Lakes Invitational, an annual college hockey showcase held at Joe Louis Arena. He was also named the Spartans “Most Improved Player” for 2009-10. He was selected in the 7th round, 192nd overall by the Anaheim Ducks.
2010-11: Perlini led the Spartans with 18 goals in his junior season at Michigan State. Perlini skated in all 38 games and had 12 assists with an even plus/minus on a Michigan State club that finished 10th in the 11-team CCHA.
2011-12: Perlini was the second-leading scorer for Michigan State as a senior – scoring 9 goals with a career-high 22 assists in 39 games – and was an even plus-minus with 22 penalty minutes. The Spartans finished fifth in the CCHA in former league commissioner Tom Anastos' first season as head coach and received an at-large NCAA bid. Perlini was not signed by the Ducks, becoming an unrestricted free agent in June 2012.
Perlini is a classic combination of quickness, competitiveness and above average skill. He was named Michigan State’s outstanding offensive player of the year as a junior and has an excellent chance to post career bests this season as a senior. He may not overwhelm opponents with skill or size, but his feisty, relentless game has made him an excellent teammate.
Perlini should definitely have no shortage of opportunities after his senior season to stick at the minor pro level. If he can fill out his frame and carve a niche for himself at the next level, he may wind up as a bottom-six or depth forward in the NHL.
Perlini was not signed by the Ducks as is currently a free agent.