Brendan Perlini was drafted 12th overall in 2014 by the Arizona Coyotes. The former first-round pick has not been able to play with any consistency in the NHL yet. He is still young, 23, but the lack of production does stand out.
Perlini played 46 games with the Blackhawks last season while putting up 15 points during that time. He also had a -12 ± rating and averaged 10:36 minutes of ice time with the Blackhawks in 2018-19.
I do not think Brendan Perlini is going to demand a lot of money from the Blackhawks at the end of this season.
However, at the same time, Perlini might not rejoin the Blackhawks at all, if this season does not go well. He might choose to play elsewhere to gain more ice-time.
Recently, there have been other players in that same position who ended up on different teams. Tomas Jurco and Anthony Duclair left the Blackhawks after a season or two. Perlini might follow that path.
Brendan Perlini signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month for this season. The time is now for Perlini to begin his campaign for a contract in 2020-21.