When you’re drafted by a team that is a consistent Stanley Cup contender, you’re probably pretty happy. After all, you’re going to a team that will allow you to constantly have a chance to put your name on that Cup. But what happens when that team has no room for you?
That is the situation that Brandon Pirri is facing right now. Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Pirri has appeared in 28 games with the Blackhawks this season. In that time, he scored 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points. However, because he sometimes playing on a line with Patrick Kane, more was expected out of him offensively.
Pirri has been up and down between the Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. He’s a player that want to play in the NHL, and now it looks like he could be on the move. Scott Powers of ESPN.com has said that Pirri has heard his name is on the trading block. This is what Pirri had to say after a Rockford practice.
“I don’t know how to feel… It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this where there have been rumors flying around. But at the same time, I’m not worrying about it. Just come down and help this team win.”
“It’s out of my control. It’s up to the management in Chicago to do what they feel is right. I’m just looking for that opportunity wherever it may be.”
Pirri’s status with Blackhawks has also been impacted by their acquisition of Peter Regin. Regin has since taken over the Blackhawks second-line center position.
“You know it’s not my decision to make… I’d love to be a Blackhawk and have a real opportunity there. It’s not up to me. It’s a business in the end. Just going to have to wait on it and see.
“It’s something I can’t control. I’m focused on being an IceHog right now. If I was up, I focused on being a Blackhawk and helping them win. It’s something I can’t control. At the same time, I’m just looking for an opportunity to play in the NHL.”
Pirri looks like has a good head on his shoulders. Let’s hope he gets that chance. If not in Chicago, than somewhere else.