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Prospect Update: Jack Perbix
By Jack Perbix
Anaheim’s fourth round pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, forward Jack Perbix, completed his fourth season of NCAA hockey, and his first at Western Michigan University.
Perbix has never been known as an offensive powerhouse, but joining a new team saw him put up the best numbers of his college career. He played in 39 games and scored six goals and 19 points. Perbix finished ninth in points and tied for 10th in goals on the team. He had a five-game point streak in January.
I had two expectations for Perbix last year. First, I wanted him to play in every game for his new team, which he was able to do. Second, I wanted him to score at least 15 points, which he certainly passed with 19 points.
This coming year, Perbix will be returning to the NCAA for a fifth season because of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of the disruption to many teams, some players were offered a chance to come back for a fifth season. Once again, Perbix will be joining a new team. Even though he had his best season of college hockey at Western Michigan University, he decided to transfer schools again and will be playing at Northern Michigan University. Hopefully he’ll have an even bigger role with his new team.
With a fifth year of college hockey ahead of him and on a new team once again, I have very similar expectations for Perbix as I did a year ago. First, I want him to play in every game for his new team. Second, I want to see him hit the 20 point mark. He’s not a big time scorer, but 20 points will show a nice increase for him throughout his college career.
It’s been five years since Perbix was drafted, and right now he looks like a long shot to make it to the NHL. However, if he has a strong final season of college hockey, he could get signed to a pro contract next summer, either on an entry-level deal with the Ducks or an AHL-only deal. If he does sign, he’ll start his professional career in the minors with San Diego. If he can play well for them, there’s a chance we could see him in the NHL at some point in the years ahead.
Perbix is currently unsigned and the Ducks control his rights until August 2024. Originally, those rights were set to expire this August, but that deadline was extended because of his extra year of NCAA eligibility. At this point, I think he’ll likely become a free agent next summer, but if he can come in and have a great year with Northern Michigan, there’s a chance that Anaheim or San Diego signs him.
The next prospect update will be on Trevor Janicke.
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September 15th, 2023