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Perlini Selected in NHL Entry Draft

June 27, 2010

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State forward junior Brett Perini (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, California.

Complete Round-by-Round NHL Draft Selections

Perlini, who will be a junior this coming fall and was named Michigan State's Most Improved Player after last season, was selected by Anaheim as the 12th pick in the seventh round (192nd overall). Perlini had two goals and an assist as a freshman, but dedicated his freshman summer to improving his play at both ends of the ice; once he cracked the MSU lineup last December, he scored seven goals and added five assists in 20 games. Perlini was named the Most Valuable Player of the Great Lakes Invitational, appearing in just his third and fourth games of the season. He netted three goals and a pair of assists in the storied holiday tournament, helping the Spartans to their 12th GLI title.

Perlini is just the second Michigan State player all-time to be selected by Anaheim in the Entry Draft; former Spartan captain Drew Miller was picked in the sixth round (186th overall) by the Ducks in 2003 and won a Stanley Cup with the franchise in 2007. Miller is now a winger with the Detroit Red Wings. He is MSU's sixth seventh-round pick in program history, but the first since Mike Buzak in 1993 (St. Louis Blues, 167th overall selection).

Overall. 61 collegiate players were selected in the seven-round draft, including a record 11 in the opening round.



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