No. 1 star: Brendan Perlini, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Gee, thanks, Mr. Spoil Everyone's 2014 Draft Sleepers List. Perlini (3G-2A, +3) kept building on his torrid start to his draft season as he and Toronto Maple Leafs third-rounder Carter Verhaeghe (2G-3A, +3) factored into the first five IceDogs goals during their 7-2 evisceration of the visiting Owen Sound Attack.
Perlini now leads the OHL in scoring with 17 points in eight games, with Verhaeghe right behind with 16. The IceDogs have scored 29 goals, so these guys are carrying the show. Perlini drew assists on two goals by Verhaeghe before the match was 4½ minutes old, then scored Niagara's third goal on just its sixth shot of the night at the 10-minute mark to chase starting goalie Jack Flinn.
Stuff you can't make up: New York Islanders rookie Ryan Strome, who like Perlini came to Niagara in a trade with the Barrie Colts, also got his first OHL hat trick in the eighth game of his sophomore season. Strome only had one apple that night, but it did come in a road game.Read More »from Niagara IceDogs’ Brendan Perlini notches first OHL hat trick, now in scoring lead: Thursday’s 3 Stars