Francis Perron

by Brad Phillips on September 17, 2017

Francis Perron

 

Francis Perron, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 178

Born: 1996-04-18

Hometown: Laval, QC, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Ottawa Senators 190th overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Perron could make the NHL as anything from a fourth line energy player to a complimentary second line winger similar to Carl Hagelin. His progression, especially strength-wise, the next season or two is key.

 

Footage:

Nice snipe by Perron at the Subway Super Series (Till 1:04)

 

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