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The son turned into quite a rebellious teenager, and that was OK with the Ducks.

That’s exactly why they selected right wing Jacob Perreault late in the first round of the NHL draft last month (27th overall), and also why they signed him to a three-year, $2.775-million entry-level contract Thursday. They didn’t want a replica of his father, former NHL player Yanic Perreault.

Jacob Perreault has grown up to become an accomplished goal-scorer, having scored a team-leading 39 times in 57 games last season with the Sarnia Sting of the junior-level Ontario Hockey League. He also had 31 assists before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the OHL in mid-March.

Yanic Perreault was known for his solid two-way game and attention to detail during an 859-game career with the Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators. Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks from 1993 to 2008.

“Jacob is a pro-level sniper,” Ducks assistant general manager Martin Madden said after the team selected Perreauly 27th overall in the NHL draft. “He’s physically ready. He’s powerful. He can shoot and score from anywhere in the offensive zone. He also fills a need in our prospect pool.

“We’ve got nobody that plays like him, looks like him or scores like him.”

Perreault is expected to return to Sarnia for the 2020-21 season, although much remains to be determined because of the surge in coronavirus cases in Ontario. The OHL plans to open training camps Jan. 23 and to begin its pandemic-shortened season Feb. 4.

It’s also likely Perreault will be invited to the Ducks’ training camp whenever that might be held. The NHL hasn’t set a firm date for the start of its 2020-21 season. Commissioner Gary Bettman initially targeted Dec. 1 for the start of the season, but then pushed it back to Jan. 1.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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