2004-05: Perkovich returned to the USHL this fall, this time with the Chicago Steel. He again only managed eight points, but was able to better his goal total from one to six. His 55 PIM’s showed a willingness to get his nose dirty and play more physically.
2005-06: In year three in the USHL, Perkovich had a breakout season, obliterating his offensive numbers from the previous season. He lead the Chicago Steel in scoring with 52 points, including 28 goals (13 of which came on the PP). He also racked up 121 PIM’s.
2006-07: Perkovich got off to a very hot start to his collegiate career, putting together a six-game goal-scoring streak at the beginning of the season. He led the Lakers in rookie scoring with 22 points (15 goals, seven assists) in 42 games. His 15 goals also co-led LSSU. Of Perkovich’s 15 goals, nine came on the power play, which also led the team. His stellar freshman campaign earned him a CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention as well as being named co-recipient of the Lakers’ Outstanding Freshman Award. He was twice named CCHA Rookie of the Week this season.
2007-08: It was a struggle for Lake Superior State, and one area where the Lakers struggled the most was putting the puck in the net. However, scoring goals was not a problem for Perkovich, as he easily led the club with 17 goals in 36 games and finished third in club scoring with 25 points. The sophomore winger carried his team’s offense all season long, accounting for almost a quarter of the Lakers overall offensive output.
2008-09: At the end of his junior season at Lake Superior State, Perkovich and the Devils decided that he did not need another season of college hockey, and was signed to a pro contract. He wrapped up his career at LSSU, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists in 35 games. In his three years at the school, he scored an impressive 44 goals. He was able to get into a few games for Trenton during the ECHL playoffs, where he scored four points in six games.
2009-10: Perkovich would spend the entire season with Lowell of the AHL, tallying 19 goals and 33 points. His transition to the pro game looked rather good throughout the year.
For a guy of his size, Perkovich skates extremely well with powerful, yet smooth strides. He’s instinctive and makes smart plays in the offensive zone. He has added strength and muscle mass since turning pro which has helped him compete in the tougher areas of the rink. Perkovich is blessed with above average finishing skills both from the perimeter and in tight. His defensive game is average at best and likely won’t get much better than what it is now. While not a crash-and-bang type, Perkovich doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty and will drop the gloves on occasion.
Perkovich has developed quite well for an eighth round draft pick and has the ability to score goals with relative ease. However at his age, he’s peaked in terms of his development and might not be able to ever make the jump from AHL’er to NHL’er.