The Arizona Coyotes are already licking their wounds as training camp is barely under way, but perhaps the biggest concern revolves around 2014 first-rounder Brendan Perlini.
Perlini, 18, is apparently suffering from a broken right hand, AZ Central’s Sarah McLellan reports. Coyotes GM Don Maloney told McLellan that the 12th overall pick of this past draft is sticking around with the team for a few extra days to determine the severity of his issues.
McLellan reports that there is no timetable yet regarding his recovering, as the team is still unsure if surgery will be necessary.
It’s not clear how, exactly, he broke his hand but it sounds like it happened during Coyotes activities (perhaps prospects camp?). Either way, it’s an unfortunate setback whether he had a chance of getting a cup of coffee with the big club or not in 2014-15.
Perlini scored 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs last season.
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