Tremendous skater with high-end vision and a good first pass. Very real offensive upside.
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April 2022 – It was announced last month that the Blues’ rookie defenseman will likely miss the rest of the season due to a wrist injury that requires surgery. This is a devastating blow to the young defender who missed all of 2021 with a shoulder injury.
It was an up-and-down season for the blueliner: he spent a large part of the year in the NHL but was demoted for a conditioning stint in February, after missing nearly a month on the IR with a reported upper-body injury.
When he was in the AHL earlier in the year, it was obvious that he was one of the best players on the team every time he stepped onto the ice and clearly deserved to be playing at a higher level. He quickly got his opportunity, making his NHL debut on November 16th against Arizona. When he was up with the Blues, he saw his ice-time fluctuate frequently and never had a steady partner to play alongside. Overall, he played 19 games in a Blues sweater, averaging 15:12 of TOI per game and 6 assists for 6 total points. However, he also played 38 minutes on the powerplay (third-most for a Blues defender) and rewarded the coaching staff by producing three assists and three points in that role (third-most of the group).
If this is the last we see of Perunovich in 2021-22, hopefully, he can recover and spend his off-season training. Then, he’d be able to come to training camp and earn a spot on the opening night lineup. He showed the Blues staff that he can be a useful secondary option on the man advantage and could be a valuable piece moving forward. Gordon Munro
March 2020 – After another terrific season at Minnesota-Duluth, Perunovich has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award. The junior defenseman was second in the nation for blueliners with 40 points in 34 NCAA contests. Cam Robinson
December 2019 – Perunovich has had a sensational start to w