Carson Perreaux has scored eight goals. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Carson Perreaux and his Prince Albert Raiders dedicated last summer to taking their game to a new level this season.
So far that’s paid off, with the Raiders going from last to first in the Western Hockey League’s East Division. Now, Perreaux has a bit of extra incentive as well.
The 18-year-old Brandonite found his name in National Hockey League Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings for this year’s draft, slotted 175th among North American skaters.
"I knew I had a chance at making it (into the rankings)," Perreaux said before the Raiders’ game against the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday at Westman Place. "It wasn’t for sure, but when it came up, it was a pretty proud moment."
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward has taken on increased responsibility this season for the Raiders, who sport a 27-15-1-3 record. With eight goals and five assists in 45 games, he’s already exceeded his rookie-season totals.
While he’s not a big scorer, clearly Perreaux’s two-way game is getting him noticed by his coaching staff and scouts.
"I’ve gotten the opportunity to play on the penalty kill a bit," said Perreaux, who has scored five of his goals in the 17 games since the beginning of December. "I’ve gotten up on the third line and it’s pretty much all about confidence and knowing what you can do."
While being ranked 175th is still a far cry from being drafted and even farther away from being an NHL player, Perreaux could work his way a little bit further up draft boards if he can have a strong stretch run and post-season for a contending team.
Rather than focusing on his draft stock, however, Perreaux prefers to stay focused on his main goal — the one that drove him all summer — to help the Raiders achieve as much as possible as a team this season.
"We’ve worked hard and we’re so much tighter of a group than last year," he said. "We’ve got to stay consistent throughout the whole year, don’t take any games off and any shifts, just make sure we’re working hard and doing our thing."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 19, 2013