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Fantasy Summary

Dynamic playmaking winger with good speed and overall mobility. Needs to add size and strength but profiles as a top-six offensive driver in the NHL if he reaches his potential.


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January 2024 – Going from the USHL to the NCAA is a big jump but Jayden Perron is excelling on a University of North Dakota that is rolling. Currently a stalwart on the third line while also getting power play time, Perron has 8 goals and 4 assists for 12 points in 24 games. His skating and playmaking ability have already shown to be ahead of the pack but the biggest growth has been his shot and his usage of it. Perron seems more than willingly to let his shot go at the NCAA level and it’s going in consistently, which adds just another layer to his game. His projection still looks to be around a top-9 contributor that gets some power play time at the NHL level, which is still a few years away. Nick Bass

June 2023 – Hilariously, Perron was selected 94th overall by the Hurricanes because of course he was. Pat Quinn

October 2022 – Perron was named to the USHL’s All-Rookie Second Team after a strong first season with the Steel that saw him put up 17 goals and 28 assists in 60 games. He has taken his play to another level early on in 2022-23, leading the USHL in scoring with 13 points through his first eight games.

Perron is a flashy offensive talent who has the mobility, puck skills, and hockey IQ to impact the game on a consistent basis. He has good straight-line speed and a clean stride, though he could benefit from a deeper knee bend and greater extension, but it is his edge work and lateral mobility that make him really tough to defend. Carrying the puck with his head up in transition, he is able to quickly identify his options, whether that be a pass or a quick change of direction to elude a check before accelerating into open space. Perron will back defenders off with his speed and stop up on the entry to create time and space where he is then able to find an open teammate in the zone or trailing the rush. The way he is constantly scanning the play also makes him a threat on the forecheck, able to quickly jump passing lanes and thwart opposing breakouts to create quick-strike offensive chances. Perron also displays responsible habits in puck support and often patrols high in the offensive zone to provide options for his teammates. With the puck on his stick, he is manipulative and creative in how he attacks opposing defenses. He shows the ability to solve problems under pressure, but there are also occasions when he can be caught trying to do too much, and that will be an area of focus for him as he develops. The biggest concern for Perron is his lack of size and strength but his raw skill and hockey sense more than make up for those deficiencies. He will require further seasoning, but with proper development, Perron has the potential to develop into a top-six playmaking winger who can help drive play for his team. Nick Richard

April 2023 – Apart from Connor Bedard, Jayden Perron may be the best off-puck offensive mover in the draft class. His nearly unparalleled knack for finding space in the slot and timing those decisive routes to fall behind coverage forms the crux of his offensive upside, as he thinks the game at a high enough level to indicate the translatability of this habit. He will score his goals by consistently being in the right place at the right time, but his playmaking is his best offensive tool. He is a strong handler who attacks with pace and who is able to access passing lanes defenders weren’t even aware were available by passing through multiple layers of coverage. His defensive game and tenacity are also significant strengths, and Perron will not be one of the undersized players who give up a lot defensively in order to to produce. He remains raw and will need at least three years of development before turning pro – with a specific focus on building lower body strength and on incorporating more pace shifts and lateral movement into his transition game – but the upside is very high in this player. He will not be drafted as high as we have him, and he is likely to fall to day two of the draft, but we are so confident in both his tools and his brain that his falling any further than 13 on our board would become difficult for us to rationalize. Sebastian High

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type NCAA
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 11, 2005
Height 5‘9”
Weight 163 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 3; Overall: 94

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2018-2019 Winnipeg Warriors U14 AAAWAAA U1430 30 2050 2|Playoffs8 4 59
 2019-2020 Winnipeg Warriors U15 AAAWAAA U1536 46 58104 2|Playoffs10 10 1727
  Winnipeg Bruins U17 AAAWAAA U171 0 11 0|        
 2020-2021 Winnipeg Bruins U18 AAAMU18HL4 3 36 0|        
  Sioux Falls Power 16U AAAT1EHL 16U8 3 14 0|        
 2021-2022 Chicago SteelUSHL60 17 2845 10|Playoffs3 1 23
 2022-2023 Chicago SteelUSHL61 24 4872 18|Playoffs6 4 26
 2023-2024 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA32 10 515 8|        

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