Red Wings acquire Perlini, who has local ties, from Blackhawks
New Red Wing Brendan Perlini: “I’ve been working hard, trying to do everything possible to try to get in the lineup and play.”
The Red Wings obtained winger Brendan Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday in a trade that sent defense prospect Alec Regula to Chicago.
Despite being born in Guildford, Great Britain, Perlini has ties to Michigan and the Detroit area. The 23-year-old lived and played Youth hockey in the metro Detroit area – he was Dylan Larkin’s teammate on the 2010-11 Belle Tire Bantam AAA team that won the national title – and in Sault Ste. Marie.
Perlini’s father, Fred Perlini, was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and played eight games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1981-82 and 1983-84). He was playing professionally in England when Brendan was born.
The younger Perlini, who is 6-3 and 211 pounds, played in only one game with the Blackhawks this season and had requested a trade after signing a one-year contract extension worth $847,124 with Chicago in September.
“Obviously I haven’t gotten in many games this year and stuff. That’s something for me, I feel like I got to play,” Perlini told the Chicago Sun Times on Friday. “That’s why I play the game, that’s to play hockey, not miss games and stuff. It’s tough.
“At the same time, I’ve been working hard, trying to do everything possible to try to get in the lineup and play, keep developing and stuff.”
The Blackhawks acquired Perlini and center Dylan Strome from the Arizona Coyotes for center Nick Schmaltz last November.
Perlini was taken by Arizona with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. In 200 NHL games since 2016-17, he has 45 goals, 72 points and 76 penalty minutes.
With the Coyotes and Blackhawks last season, Perlini had 14 goals and seven assists for 21 point in 68 games.
Regula, who is from West Bloomfield, was Detroit’s fifth pick (67th overall) in the 2018 NHL draft. His father was the Red Wings dentist.
Regula has four goals and seven assists in 10 games this season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
In three OHL seasons, the right-shooting Regula has 22 goals, 53 assists and a plus-69 rating in 143 games.
The Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers and former GM Ken Holland at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena.
Edmonton is 8-3-1 and beat Detroit 2-1 in Edmonton on Oct. 18.