Francis Perron

Ottawa Senators
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Fantasy Summary

Middle-six scoring winger, if he can find some consistency


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 18, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 178 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 7; Overall: 190

Observations

June 2018 – After some positive stretches of play in the second half of his rookie pro season, there were hopes that the former QMJHL MVP would take a big step in year number two, but that never materialized. In fact, Perron saw his point-per-game average dip from 0.38 in 2016-17 when he posted 26 points, down to 0.34 in 2017-18 with four goals and 11 assists in 44 contests. He continues to suffer from the same affliction that plagued him in his rookie year; disappearing for long stretches of time. From December 9 to January 27, 22 games, he registered just three points before an injury ended his season. Heading into the last year of his entry level contract, Perron needs to show some more consistent flashes of the player he was in junior if he hopes to earn a second contract. Brad Phillips

September 2017 – The 2015-16 QMJHL MVP received a rude awakening in his first year in pro hockey finding the back of the net just six times in 68 games in addition to 20 helpers. Alarmingly he didn’t score a goal in the final three months of the season. But did put together a couple nice streaks over the final half of the campaign with stretches for six points in five games and six in seven, all assists so hopefully he can parlay that into a stronger sophomore effort. He needs to hit the buffet line tipping the scales at just 165 pounds and his defensive game is still a bit of a work in progress. Brad Phillips

November 2016 – In his first pro season, Perron is finding it a bit tougher to find the score sheet than he did in junior which is understandable. Through 15 games Perron has scored four goals and added another couple helpers. That may sound like an ugly stat line, but his four goals are second on the team. Goal scoring seems to be an organisational wide issue as Binghamton is averaging a paltry 2.27 goals per game, the lowest mark in the AHL. Brad Phillips

May 2016 – A Matthew Tkachuk overtime goal was all that prevented Perron from having a perfect season. For starters he led Rouyn-Nouranda, and all of the QMJHL, in playoff scoring with 33 points in 18 games en route to capturing the Guy Lafleur Trophy as Playoff MVP, the President’s Cup as league champs and a birth in the Memorial Cup. He carried over his elite play into the Memorial Cup to the tune of two goals and six assists in five games while winning the George Parsons Trophy as the tournament’s most sportsmanlike player. Perron was far and away the Husky’s best player from the time the puck dropped on game one of the season with his smarts and exceptional offensive skills on display on a nightly basis. At this point the main thing keeping him from the NHL is his size. But given time in the weight room and some action in the AHL and Perron could be in the NHL sooner rather than later. Brad Phillips

April 2016 – Perron has been named MVP of the QMJHL and earned First-Team All-Star honours after racking up 108 points to finish second in scoring. He’s continued his torrid pace in the playoffs registering 13 points in a four game sweep of Drummondville. He’s the straw that stirs the drink for the Huskies and will be a major part of any success. Brad Phillips

March 2016 – Perron has been signed to an entry-level deal by the Sens. He is currently sitting with 107 points and averaging 1.75 points per game, both good for second among all QMJHL players. He’ll likely spend at least a full season in Bingo before getting a sniff of the NHL so that management will get an idea of how his skills will translate to the pro ranks, and to give him some time to bulk up. With the physique of a string bean, he’ll need to put on 10 to 15 pounds. Brad Phillips

March 2016 – Perron has hit the century mark for points becoming the second QMJHLer to do so, with Conor Garland being the other. He’s been leading the offensive charge for the high powered Rouyn-Nouranda Huskies, having been involved in 37.6% of their goals, and should lead them on a lengthy playoff run and possibly a Memorial Cup birth. The Sens appear to have really found something here in the 7th round pick from 2014. Brad Phillips

December 2015 – Have the Sens found another Mark Stone? Seventh round pick Francis Perron is having a dominant fourth QMJHL season for the league leading Rouyn-Nouranda Huskies. Through 28 games Perron sits in a tie for third in league scoring with 24 goals and 30 assists and has scored at least a point in every game he has played. The obvious concern for Perron is his wire-y frame; standing at 6’0″ but weighing just 168 lbs. But weight and strength are the easiest thing to build for younger players. Perron might have a leg up over some of the other prospects in the pipeline as his former coach from his first year in Rouyn-Nouranda, Andre Tourigny, is currently an assistant coach in Ottawa. Perron really credits his year with Touigny as crucial in his development, especially on the defensive side of the game. His stock within the Senators prospect pipeline is on the rise. Brad Phillips

May 2014 – After struggling in his 16-year-old season after being selected 6th in the QMJHL draft, Perron has a good enough draft season to merit a seventh round draft selection. Perron showed his draft season wasn’t just a flash in the pan as he improved his numbers in the 2014-15 season while serving as assistant captain of the Rouyn-Nouranda Huskies. Perron added 13 goals and eight assists to his point totals from that year, good for second on the team. Perron may not be small in terms of height as he stands at 6’0 however his 178 pound frame leaves much to be desired in terms of filling out. Perron has been able to play in all situations throughout his time in the QMJHL and at lower levels so can fall back on his defensive play and speed at the NHL level if his offensive game is unable to translate. Benjamin Gallant


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Mille-Îles Seigneurs Bntm AAA R MMBAA 28 32 25 57 20 |          
 2011-2012 Saint-Eustache Vikings QMAAA 14 5 13 18 14 |          
 2012-2013 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 57 7 11 18 28 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 6 1 2 3 2 |          
 2013-2014 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 68 16 39 55 32 | Playoffs 9 1 7 8
 2014-2015 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 64 29 47 76 39 | Playoffs 6 3 4 7 14 
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 1 2 0 |          
 2015-2016 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 62 41 67 108 38 | Playoffs 18 12 21 33 11 
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies M-Cup 5 2 6 8 0 |          
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 2 |          
 2016-2017 Binghamton Senators AHL 68 6 20 26 14 |          
 2017-2018 Belleville Senators AHL 44 4 11 15 26 |          
 2018-2019 Belleville Senators AHL - - - - - |          

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