Gabe Perron has often been overlooked for certain ‘07 select teams due to being a November birthdate, always being one of the younger 2007 players. Those days are seemingly coming to an end as the talented blueliner has had a terrific freshmen campaign, leading all 9th grade defensemen in scoring with 29 points in 18 games.
Perron has success by not wearing just one hat while on the ice, instead he has demonstrated to be very versatile, playing well at both ends of the ice. While on defense Perron is good at taking his man out of the play and limiting scoring opportunities that he can control. Gabe makes good contact with the opponent while getting an upper hand on positioning. Perron keeps his stick active by blocking lanes and lifting the opposing forward’s stick. He boxes out well around the net and has good communication with his defensive partner regarding coverage.
In transition Perron makes crisp outlet passes and doesn’t get too cute making the extra move while breaking out. In the offensive done Perron moves the puck quickly and effectively. After making a pass, Perron makes sure to move and gives the puck carrier an open lane to pass back to. Perron has a nice snap that he keeps low and ready to be tipped. On many occasions this season his forwards have benefited from a shot/feed from Perron that they are able to bury the rebound or tip past the goalie.
What’s Next: After a nice Bantam Elite League performance last fall, followed up with his slick transition to the high school level, look for Perron to get some consideration during the USHL Draft. Peron will continue to mature and will be a force on the Holy Angels Blue Line in the coming years.
Attributes: Strength, Balance, Passing, Work Ethic, Consistency, Physical Presence, Positioning, Decision Making