Monday, October 28, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Red Wings acquire Perlini



          The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Brendan Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Alec Regula.

          The Blackhawks have not been using Perlini. He had been healthy scratched in all but one of the Blackhawks' first 10 games this season, leading to him asking for a trade. A former 12th overall pick, the United Kingdom native has potential. The Red Wings could use Perlini for their bottom six. He is still 23, and is making under $900k. He will be an RFA after the season. Perlini was acquired with Dylan Strome from the Coyotes last season, and had 15 points in 46 games post trade.

          Perlini, 23, has no points in one game this year. He scored 14 goals with seven assists for 21 points in 68 games last season. In his NHL career for the Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes, Perlini has scored 45 goals with 27 assists for 72 points in 200 games.

           In return for their extra forward, the Blackhawks received Regula. He was drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2018. The defenseman is currently off to a very hot start for the OHL's London Knights. Up until their five goal effort yesterday, the Blackhawks had scored just 20 goals in nine games this season, but that is now up to a not terrible 25 in 10 games. Giving a forward like Perlini a chance could have helped. However, Regula is a good prospect, and this could be a big win for them.

            Regula, 19, has scored four goal with seven assists for 11 points in 10 games for the Knights this year. In three seasons for London, Regula has scored 22 goals with 53 assists for 75 points in 143 games.

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