2010-11: Francis Perron was one of the top players in bantam AA hockey in Quebec skating for the Mille-Iles Seigneurs. In 26 games he scored 30 goals with 24 assists. He was named top player in the Saint-Eustache provincial tournament.
2011-12: Perron played 14 games for the Saint-Eustache Vikings in the Quebec midget AAA league. He scored 5 goals with 13 goals and 14 penalty minutes. Rouyn-Nouranda selected Perron in the first round (6th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Perron skated in 57 of 68 games for Rouyn-Noranda in his first QMJHL season and represented Canada Quebec in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 7 goals with 11 assists and was +1 with 28 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished second in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals before falling to Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Perron scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 7 penalty minutes in five playoff games. In six games at the WHC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Perron was Rouyn-Noranda’s third-leading scorer in his second season with the Huskies. He scored 16 goals with 39 assists and was -3 with 32 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. The Huskies finished fifth in the West Division and defeated Quebec in a first round series before falling to Baie-Comeau in the quarterfinals. Perron scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +2 with 4 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He was ranked 70th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Perron was second to Rouyn-Noranda leading scorer Mathieu Lemay with 76 points in 64 regular season games. He skated for the QMJHL all-stars against Russia in the Subway Series in his third season with the Huskies. Perron scored 29 goals and led Rouyn-Noranda with 47 assists, finishing -1 with 39 penalty minutes. The Huskies finished fourth in the West Division, falling to Val-d’Or in a first-round playoff series. Perron scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was-1 with 14 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
Perron is a smart, quick winger with tremendous passing skills and a great shot. He won’t bully anybody with his 165-pound frame, and he will have to get much stronger to be just as effective for the Senators as he has become in the QMJHL. That said, he has performed in training and development camps since he was drafted, and his speed and hockey smarts will be large factors for him as he moves up in the hockey world.
Perron had 76 points in 64 games with the Huskies, last year, but he has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Senators. Don’t be surprised when the Senators sign him up in a hurry during the 2016 offseason. Perron will likely pull on a Binghamton jersey next fall.