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25 Chicago Blackhawks In 25 Days: Day 11 Brendan Perlini

By Jimmy Lynch
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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On Day 11 of our 25 Chicago Blackhawks series, we highlight the recently re-signed Brendan Perlini.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ season is almost ready to start against the Flyers in Prague. Chicago only has to wait 11 more days until puck drop. Chicago, let’s continue our player preview series!

For Day 11, we focus on a player who has a few question marks surrounding him, Brendan Perlini.

Player Spotlight: Brendan Perlini

Throughout most of the offseason, no one knew if the ‘Hawks would bring back Brendan Perlini for the 2019-20 season.

We spent a lot of time talking about why he deserved a contract extension, and two weeks ago he finally got that extension.

Perlini got his contract, which will give him an opportunity to prove himself with the Blackhawks. Perlini had an okay time with the ‘Hawks last year, including a hat trick he scored against his former team, the Coyotes.

Brendan Perlini spent this offseason exploring the U.S. and relaxing, so hopefully, the opportunity to clear his head has him ready for another season in the NHL.

Perlini, a former first round draft pick with Arizona, registered 15 points with the Blackhawks through 46 games last season. He was the lesser known name in the trade that brought him to Chicago.

Nick Schmaltz was traded from the Blackhawks for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini. Although Perlini looked good for brief stints with Chicago, he also struggled at times.

After receiving a one year contract, it looks as if Perlini is playing to prove himself this year and he will get the chance.

For a little background on Brendan Perlini, check out this video from the Arizona Coyotes.

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Throughout the preseason, and training camp, Perlini has been a bubble player. He has been rotated in throughout the lineup. It does not look like he has a set line that he will be competing on.

Heading into the new season, I believe we can expect to see Perlini tossed into a bunch of different spots, in both the bottom-6 and top-6.

With added roster depth for the 2019-20 season, Perlini needs to find a way to stay relevant and stay apart of the Blackhawks forward group, and not become a healthy scratch.

It will be interesting to see where Perlini starts the season for the Chicago Blackhawks, and with just 11 days until the season begins, we will find out soon enough.

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