Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting. Photo Courtesy of LaPresse.ca
Jacob Perreault is a prospect eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. He currently plays with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, where he put up 39 goals and 31 assists for 70 points in 57 games played this season. On a struggling Sting team, he completely broke out this year, making him one of the top prospects in this draft class and projected first-round pick for the draft.
Perreault is a versatile offensive forward who has a quick and heavy shot. He can score from many areas on the ice, including in front with his slick hands. He possesses elite skating abilities and can change his speed quickly. With his speed and high hockey IQ, he can create space and open up passing lanes for his teammates or give them opportunities off the rush. He will need to work on his defensive game, but he has the potential to be a solid top-six player at the NHL level.
I was able to ask Jacob some questions through Instagram.
Clare McManus: When did you start playing hockey and who was your favorite player growing up?
Jacob Perreault: I was around three years old I’d say when I started playing and my favorite player was my dad. I really looked up to him and I still do to this day.
CM: Has your dad given you any advice during your draft year?
JP: Yeah he has for sure. I’d say the biggest thing is to just control what you can control and keep getting better and better as the year progresses.
CM: Can you reflect on your season with the Sarnia Sting.
JP: Yeah I mean obviously it didn’t go the way we pictured it but I think we did a good job of pushing one another to become better players throughout the year and coming into next year we know what we need to do to help the team win.
CM: What do you like most about the position you play and what kind of playing style do you bring to a team?