Brendan Perlini, Blackhawks agree on one-year extension


The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brendan Perlini on a one-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. The deal carries a cap hit of $874,125.

Perlini was acquired by the Blackhawks on Nov. 25, 2018 and accumulated 15 points (12 goals, three assists) in 46 games with his new team. He also had a career-best 15.6 shooting percentage with the Blackhawks.

Originally drafted in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Arizona Coyotes, Perlini hasn't quite lived up to his full potential because of consistency issues but he showed flashes with the Blackhawks.

In the first seven games of March, Perlini scored eight goals and added two assists, and was named the second star of the week from March 11-17. On the slip side, he was healthy scratched just two weeks later after his production dropped off. The Blackhawks are hoping Perlini can be more predictable on a nightly basis.

With the signing, the Blackhawks have 46 players under contract. Perlini is expected to compete for an everyday roster spot this season in what should be a highly competitive training camp.

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