Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profile: Brandon Pirri

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst IJanuary 21, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27: Brandon Pirri poses for a portrait after being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks during the second day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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In the 2009 NHL entry draft, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon had a clear objective, rebuild the organization's depth at center.

However, with their first pick, they would select Dylan Olsen, defenseman out of the AJHL. However, after that pick they would spend six of their next seven picks on centers.

The first center that they selected in the second round, 59th overall, would be Brandon Pirri of the Georgetown Raiders out of the OJHL.

Although Pirri was the second round pick of the Blackhawks and their first center taken, the prospect with most attention being paid to him is Swedish center Marcus Kruger who has been playing exceptionally well in the Swedish Elite League.

Kruger has been exceptional in the SEL, recording nine goals and 18 assists in 31 games with Djurgardens IF Stockholm, but you might be surprised to know that Pirri may be having the better season.

Pirri, a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has had quite a first collegiate year, scoring seven goals and 19 assists in 24 games, which places him tied for 26th in scoring in USCHO.

Kruger and Pirri are very similar players in that they are both smaller centers that are known as playmakers, but one major plus on Pirri's resume is that he is currently playing North American hockey and likely won't have to go through the type of adjustment that Kruger would coming from Sweden.

In addition to Pirri being a playmaker, he is a good puck handler and skater. However, he is smaller in stature and would likely need to bulk up from his 160 pound frame before heading to the NHL.

Although Pirri is still early in his development and is likely a few years away from being ready to make the jump to the NHL, it is good to see him being productive in his second stop in his development.

With the breakout in his first collegiate season, Pirri looks like another solid draft pick for  the Blackhawks organization and hopefully another solid contributor at the NHL level some day.

Be sure to check for more Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profiles to come inluding features on Bill Sweatt, Shawn LaLonde, Joe Fallon and others.