Brandon Pirri appears to be getting his chance to shine for the Chicago Blackhawks this season. The Hawks have had an issue filling the second line center position for a number of seasons, and Pirri may have the playing style that could finally end that search.
The Toronto native has produced at a point-per-game pace until his arrival at Rockford of the American Hockey League. In three seasons with Chicago’s top minor league affiliate, Brandon Pirri has increased his point production to just less than one point per game. This past season, Pirri scored 22 goals and had 75 points in 76 games. The 75 points earned him honors as the 2012-13 AHL scoring leader.
The hope in Chicago is that Pirri plays well enough to win the second line center job outright. To do so, Pirri has to get back on the ice. He is currently nursing a lower-body injury, but it is considered minor. When Pirri is back skating, he has to fend off fellow center Marcus Kruger and left wing/center Brandon Saad.