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Why the Blackhawks Should Extend Brendan Perlini

By Tony Gianares
SOUTH BEND, IN - JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN - JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Blackhawks’ forward Brendan Perlini is a sleeping giant that hasn’t woken up yet. We saw flashes of his potential during the 2018-19 season and those glimpses were very impressive.

Perlini will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Stan Bowman could use Perlini’s inconsistencies to his advantage when negotiating a new contract, which I am behind 100%.

Brendan Perlini was drafted 12th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2014 for a reason. The potential is there, it just has to be tapped into and unleashed. Perlini has a track record of scoring. During his OHL career, Perlini scored an impressive 188 points (93G, 95A) in 217 games.

Perlini was progressing fairly well during his time with the Arizona Coyotes. In his 1st season, he had 21 points (14G, 7A)  in 57 games with a -4 ± rating. In his 2nd season, he increased his totals across the board, with 30 points (17G, 13A) in 74 games with a -2 ± rating.

While splitting time with Arizona and Chicago this season, Perlini regressed a bit as he posted 21 points (14G, 7A) in 68 games with a -17 ± rating. That plus-minus might concern you a bit at first, but it wasn’t entirely his fault. Perlini was often stuck on the 4th line and in-and-out of the lineup.

Although his numbers might not impress you, Brendan Perlini is a player that fits the player profile the Blackhawks are looking for, as they transition into the new high-octane, high scoring NHL.

I really believe Perlini could be a difference maker next season, and going forward, for a few reasons. Let’s take a closer look at what those reasons are.

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