Brandon Pirri has made a decent splash for the Chicago Blackhawks so far this season.
The young skater began to see ice time back in October when he was called up from the AHL in Rockford. He initially saw little to no ice time but, as has been reported on since then, he has been able to make the most of his ice time.
Thursday night’s matchup between the Phoenix Coyotes was a back and forth struggle in which the Hawks out shot the Coyotes with a total of a season- high 52 shots on goal. Hearing that one would assume they were also able to outscore the Coyotes as well.
This was not the case, and once the Blackhawks made the move to tie the game up it was only a matter of time before before the inevitable overtime which led to two rounds of shootout.
What was unique about this game is that Pirri had the chance to skate in the shootout after Jonathan Toews landed his puck with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp both falling short. Pirri skated out onto the ice and sneaked the puck in under the goalie’s legs for a Blackhawks victory.
This performance by Pirri on Thursday night was enough to get me thinking this season is only the beginning for this young and talented skater. He is demonstrating a reliability that is beginning to mold him with the rest of the team. Even further he has the incredible ability to make the most out of his time on the ice. This is of vital importance because as the Blackhawks know it can all come down to a matter of seconds.
Pirri is a young face on the Hawks, which is a relatively young team to begin with. That being said, Chicago does not fall short of its own seasoned, veteran skaters. Theses skaters have the ability to stay on top of their game and continue to improve, which is essential if you want to remain a part of the team. Pirri has a lot of fire and it will take him far, hopefully with the Blackhawks organization.
It is great to see such young athletes step up to the blue line and take the responsibility of being a reliable teammate. Pirri will continue to influence the current roster for the better as well as influence any new and incoming members the Hawks might see.