Jets prospect Cole Perfetti soaking in on-the-job training in AHL

WINNIPEG, MB – The significance of the moment was not lost on Cole Perfetti, even if he didn’t grasp the enormity to its full extent in the immediate aftermath.

To the untrained eye, it looks like a simple inter-change during a four-on-three power play, yet the subtleties located just below the surface is what makes the sequence involving Perfetti and fellow Winnipeg Jets prospect Ville Heinola so special.

Perfetti rolls off the right-wing boards to the point on the power play, while Heinola quickly accelerates to push the penalty killer back ever so slightly.

Winnipeg Jets Prospect Cole Perfetti: “A Quarantine Professional Now”

WINNIPEG, MB – As high-level hockey tries to trudge through the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s players have been forced to adapt—an accept isolation as a lifestyle.

One player that knows this well is Winnipeg Jets prospect, Cole Perfetti. The 19 year-old has spent 34 days quarantining over the last three months, and since November 15, he has been living out of a hotel for all but three days. Not exactly an ideal scenario entering his first season in professional hockey.

Now in Winnipeg, Perfetti awaits his opportunity to reach his NHL dream

WINNIPEG, MB – When Cole Perfetti steps on the ice in Winnipeg in six days, he’ll be a rookie among a Jets roster full of veterans. Until then, he’s in quarantine for the third time since Nov. 23, so perhaps that makes him somewhat of a veteran.

“The days aren’t too bad. I’m able to cook my own food in here. I’ve got a nice little kitchenette, so that kills a couple hours in a day. That’s been keeping me sane,” said Perfetti on Tuesday.

“A lot of it is FaceTime, whether it’s friends or family, just keeping in touch with everyone. I have my PlayStation so I’ve been able to play video games with the guys back home.”

Perfetti, Winnipeg’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, arrived in Winnipeg on Sunday after the team granted him some time to see his family after the 2021 World Junior Championship.

The visit was certainly well earned. On Nov. 16, the then 18-year-old Perfetti began Hockey Canada’s Selection Camp in Red Deer, AB. Following two positive cases, he and the rest of his Canadian teammates went into a two-week quarantine that had them isolating in hotel rooms.

Following that, he quarantined again prior to entering the World Junior bubble in Edmonton, then played seven games – scoring twice and adding four assists – as Canada took home the silver medal.

“To be part of Team Canada at the World Juniors is a dream come true and an honour. Words can’t really describe how it is to play for your country,” said Perfetti. “We put 55 days total together as a team in a hotel between Red Deer and Edmonton. Twenty of those days were quarantine days and we spent a lot of time in the summer on Zoom.”

Jets select Cole Perfetti 10th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have selected forward Cole Perfetti with the 10th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Perfetti, 18, finished second in OHL scoring last season with 111 points (37G, 74A) in 61 games with the Saginaw Spirit. The product of Whitby, Ont. was also second in the OHL with 74 assists. He was selected to the OHL’s Second All-Star Team and as the OHL and CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year. In 2018-19, Perfetti led OHL rookies with 37 goals and 74 points, as he was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie team. In two OHL seasons, he has tallied 185 points (74G, 111A) in 124 games.

Perfetti is the fifth player the Jets have selected in the top 10 of the first round since relocation in 2011, joining Mark Scheifele (7 – 2011), Jacob Trouba (9 – 2012), Nikolaj Ehlers(9 – 2014), and Patrik Laine (2 – 2016). Perfetti is also the third player the Jets have selected from the OHL in the first round, joining Scheifele and Logan Stanley (18 – 2016).

Cole Perfetti wins CHL Scholastic Player of the Year

TORONTO, ONT – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year Award presented by CIBC.

Perfetti combined success on the ice with success in school by setting a Spirit single season scoring record of 111 points including 37 goals and 74 assists over 61 games while achieving an overall academic average of 93%.

“CIBC proudly congratulates Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti on receiving the CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award. Cole’s demonstrated excellence both on the ice in hockey and off the ice in academics has set a positive example for his fellow teammates and those in the community, and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish back on the ice in the near future.”

Cole Perfetti Has The Perfect Blend Of Skill And Intellect

SAGINAW, MI – Cole Perfetti is a very talented center who should go in the top five of the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft. He had an incredible 74 assists in 61 games for the Saginaw Spirit. He might not get back to the postseason, even though his team was good enough, the coronavirus has gotten in the way, for now, but he will soon have his day.

“Going into this year, I never expected to have 111 at this point and be on such a successful team. Have the year that I’ve had so far, and have it click the way that it has. I wanted to come in this year and bring my best and prove to the scouts and everyone watching why to pick me,” Perfetti stated.

It’s hard to say exactly where a player gets his hockey acumen from. Hockey I.Q. is so important in today’s NHL and this prospect has “it”. You can see that every time he steps foot on the ice. He does watch players in games and on YouTube. But after some digging, it seems like his education plays a big part in this part of his game.

“I think some of it has to do with being smart. I take great pride in my schooling. I’ve always achieved good grades. That kind of helps the quick thinking come across,” Perfetti said honestly.

After some digging and trying to figure out if he had a nerdy side, he remembered about a math competition that would make any honor student jealous.

OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week: Cole Perfetti

TORONTO, ONT – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that draft eligible Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 10 points in three games including four goals and six assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.

Perfetti becomes the first Spirit player to claim the honour this season, stringing together three straight first star performances as the Spirit maintained their standing atop the West Division with a pair of victories. His five assists in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday equal a past single game mark recorded by Vincent Trocheck (March 2012) and Marcus Crawford (January 2017) as the Spirit defeated the Greyhounds 7-5. Perfetti followed up on his career high-matching five point effort with his first hat-trick of the season on Friday as the Spirit were edged by the visiting Flint Firebirds 5-4. He rounded out the weekend with a goal and an assist on Saturday as Saginaw bounced back to defeat the Kitchener Rangers 8-2 on home ice. Perfetti became the fastest player in Spirit history to reach the 100 career assist mark in the weekend finale, bringing him to within three points of the century mark in his sophomore season.

Cole Perfetti making his mark among 2020 Draft prospects

SAGINAW, MI – Cole Perfetti loves when the spotlight shines on him whenever he has his skates on and hockey stick in hand. That, however, is not quite the same case off the ice.

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound center from Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League would sometimes rather fly under the radar than be the subject of discussions about the best prospects in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Let’s just say he’s not completely comfortable with nicknames like “Goal” Perfetti or Cole “Perfectti.”

“I kind of get a little embarrassed when people talk about me,” said Perfetti, an A-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list. “I just try to keep an even keel and keep my head level. And sometimes it’s a little weird when people are talking about you. So sometimes I wish it was just normal, but it’s all good and it’s fun. It’s pretty cool to have your name talked about like that.”