Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Draft Choices That Make Sense
By Ryan Fedrau
2. Cole Perfetti (F)
Cole Perfetti at one point was a consensus for a top-five draft choice. His draft stock has fallen off a little bit, but his play hasn’t. Just like Rossi, Perfetti plays in the OHL. In 51 games, Perfetti has 30 goals and 62 assists. He’s just two points off of Rossi.
Perfetti has a way of scoring at will. In 2017, he played for the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget AAA team. In 27 games, he scored 19 goals and had 26 assists. Since then, he’s only gotten better. His next season, he played 64 games for the Vaughan Kings Minor Midget AAA team. In those games, he had 52 goals and 73 assists.
He’s not only had success at the AAA level, but he’s also found success in the OHL. In 63 games last season for the Saginaw Spirit, Perfetti had 37 goals and 37 assists. That success also led to 16 playoff games. In the playoffs, he scored eight times and had six assists.
This season already, he’s way on his way to 100 points. Perfetti doesn’t even have to finish the season to hit 100.
At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, I am more comfortable with his size. He’s around the same size as Patrick Kane. The left-handed Perfetti plays center for the Spirit, but he could easily make the transition to right-wing if needed.
He’d be another player that would fit nicely on a line with Dach. Perfetti could potentially play in the NHL next season. As the Blackhawks move towards a younger direction, he would fit in great. Drafting Perfetti also adds depth to the right-wing position.
That depth could have Kane move up and get to play with Jonathan Toews again. Toews played most of the 2019 season with Kane and had his best career season. This season, the pair have been split up again. Kane is still playing just as great, as Toews has dropped off a bit.