Chicago Blackhawks Expected To Sign Prospect Brandon Pirri

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  Brandon Pirri of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on after being drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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With the news of Cristobal Huet agreeing to play in the Swiss league next season, there has been little talk of the rumor surrounding 'Hawks' prospect Brandon Pirri.

Today TSN insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that Pirri is leaving Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to sign an entry level deal with the Blackhawks.

Although it is unconfirmed, it seems as though Pirri leaving RPI was a strong possibility with his linemate Jerry D'Amigo leaving school to turn pro as well.

Pirri, 19, was the Blackhawks second round pick, 59th overall back in 2009 out of the OJHL and has developed nicely in his one year at RPI.

Listed at 5' 11" and 163 pounds, Pirri is a playmaking center who is known for his puck handling, strong skating ability and is an above average forechecker.

In Pirri's first and only season with RPI he scored 11 goals and 32 assists in 39 games, leaving him second on the team in points with 35.

If the 'Hawks do sign Pirri to an entry level deal, it provides them with just another young player they can add to their already youthful arsenal. 

While Pirri could make the NHL roster out of camp, it is more likely that he will either be in the Rockford Ice Hogs or going OHL, where his rights are owned by the Saginaw Spirit.

It is good to see that after years of average drafts and a dry pipeline of talent the 'Hawks now have a steady stream of young talent entering the pro ranks and hopefully making their mark on the Blackhawks roster.

Whether it be this year or a few years down the road, Brandon Pirri has a good shot at being an effective center in the pro ranks and could one day find himself sitting behind Jonathan Toews on the Blackhawks; depth chart.