Things haven’t been quite so rosy for Perlini since then, however.
Injuries have hampered his growth, and they also affected his ability to excel with the Niagara IceDogs.
A shift from junior hockey to the pros seems to have done him well, however.
His coach in Tucson, Mark Lamb, has been impressed with his attitude and work rate.
“I’ve seen a guy that’s grown, a guy that’s been very coachable,” Lamb said. “He’s played with two good veterans the whole time so when you put [Chris] Mueller and [Craig] Cunningham in there it’s an ideal situation for him. That being said, he’s taken advantage of that and done the things he’s supposed to do.”
Brendan Perlini took advantage of Lamb’s trust to the tune of leading the American Hockey League in goal-scoring before being called up to the Coyotes.