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Prospect Update: Jack Perbix
By Thomas Harrington
A fourth-round pick from 2018, Jack Perbix played as a freshman at the University of Minnesota this past season.
Perbix suited up for 35 games for Minnesota and scored two goals and seven points. While he had a low offensive output, he only missed two games all season, an excellent sign for a freshman in college. He missed the final two games of the season with an injury, so if not for that, he likely would have played in every game for Minnesota. It took Perbix four games to record his first assist with Minnesota, and he scored his first career goal in his eighth game.
I really only had one expectation for Perbix this past season, to play as much hockey as possible. Well, by suiting up for 35 out of 37 games, I’d say he did just that. Freshmen rarely get premiere ice time, especially at schools with strong hockey programs. While Perbix wasn’t getting top-line minutes, I was more than happy to see him play in so many games.
As with all college players, it’s very difficult to set expectations for the upcoming season. It’s still not clear when, or even if, the teams will play. However, assuming that Minnesota does play this season, I have two expectations for Perbix. First, once again, to just play as much hockey as possible and appear in every game. Second, for him to increase his shot output and to put up shots on a much more consistent basis. In 35 games, Perbix only had 32 shots and was held without a shot 15 times. If he can get at least one shot on net in every game he plays, and increase his shot volume in those games as well, he’ll likely see an increase in goals and points. He only had three shots on goal four times; I’d like him to have games where he has four or five shots.
In terms of his NHL future, Perbix is still a number of years from making his way to Anaheim. He likely won’t ever be a top-six producer, but if he develops properly, he could turn into a useful third or fourth line player. If not for the pandemic, I’d expect him to spend the next two or three years at Minnesota before turning pro. However, depending on how the NHL, AHL, NCAA, and other hockey leagues are impacted this coming season and beyond, the Ducks may decide to turn Perbix pro sooner than expected, or even have him play overseas to continue his development.
Perbix is currently unsigned and will continue to be until the conclusion of his college career, assuming he doesn’t leave college to play elsewhere. While it’s not a guarantee that Anaheim does sign him at the conclusion of his college career, if Perbix can develop as they hope over the next couple of years, I believe that they’ll sign him. He’ll likely start his pro career in San Diego before getting a shot at the NHL.
The next prospect update will be on Jackson LaCombe.
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November 3rd, 2020