The Arizona Coyotes locked up their most recent first round pick on Friday, signing Brendan Perlini to a three-year entry-level contract.
"We are very pleased to sign Brendan to an entry-level contract," said general manager Don Maloney in a statement. "Brendan is a strong skater with great size and skill. He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his development."
Perlini was selected 12th overall in June's draft as a speedy, skilled player who excels at possessing the puck and finding his way on the scoresheet. Perlini is a goal scorer, potting 34 goals and 71 points in his second OHL season.
At nearly 6' 3" and 205 pounds, Perlini is a left winger who will help shore up the Coyotes' lack of offensive depth while having enough size to translate to the NHL game. While he is unlikely to make an impact on the NHL roster in the next season or two, he projects to be a very valuable top-six forward in the future.