For the third straight year, the Arizona Coyotes went looking for a bona fide scorer with their first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
With the No. 12 pick Friday, Arizona took left winger Brendan Perlini out of Surrey, England.
An 18-year-old prospect, Perlini has played the last two seasons in the OHL with the Niagara IceDogs.
In 2013-14, Perlini collected 71 total points (34 goals and 37 assists) with the IceDogs.
“I think I’m still filling into my body,” Perlini told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Burns and Gambo. “Believe it or not I would like to get to 215 or 220 maybe, while trying to keep my skill and my speed. That would be a pretty lethal combo.
“This summer with going on the ice and training, it’s going to be a big summer for me.”
The newest Coyote is the third player from his family to be taken in the draft. Back in 2010, the Anaheim Ducks made his brother Brett the 192nd overall pick.
His father Fred was also an esteemed prospect in his day. The Maple Leafs took him in the eighth round of the 1980 draft, though he went on to have an illustrious career overseas.
“I think a guy I would compare my game to it’s similar to Evgeni Malkin or Marian Hossa-style player,” said Perlini. “I’m a pretty versatile player. I can play center or wing. I can bring a lot of speed and skill to the table.”
Perlini is the first ever English-born player to be taken by Arizona in the NHL Draft.