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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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Potential

Brendan Perlini was well on his way to becoming a perennial 20-goal scorer before coming to Chicago. The slight regression this season can be attributed to a combination of limited ice time and never finding his rhythm with steady linemates.

I still believe Perlini can be a 20 goal scorer, and maybe more, but only if the coaching staff believes in him the way I do.

He had a nice stretch when he was playing alongside Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome. They had natural chemistry between them and their games compliment each other fairly well.

That chemistry was on display here, as Brendan Perlini scored off of a beautiful feed from Dylan Strome.

If Jeremy Colliton decides to revisit the DeBrincat-Strome-Perlini line again next season, I think he will be pleasantly surprised and we’ll all be able to see whether or not Perlini is the real deal.

Also, why not give Perlini a shot on the power play? That second unit could use a little more offensive firepower.

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