2010-11: Brian Pinho skated for the varsity team at Massachusetts’ St. John’s Prep as a sophomore and appeared in six games with the Valley Junior Warriors in the Empire League. St. John’s reached the finals of the 2011 Super 8 tournament; falling to Malden Catholic in overtime. Skating for the Junior Warriors, Pinho scored 4 goals with 1 assist and had 2 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Pinho was a co-captain for St. John’s Prep as a junior and also skated for the Valley Junior Warriors U18 team. Skating on a line with Blues’ prospect and current Boston University forward Sam Kurker, Pinho scored 18 goals with 26 assists in 24 games. St. John’s Prep was undefeated in pool play but lost to BC High, 3-2, in the semifinal in the 2012 Super 8 tournament. Pinho had 10 assists and 2 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Junior Warriors U18 team. He was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp.
2012-13: Pinho committed to playing college hockey at Providence College in 2014-15 in September before skating for St. John’s Prep as a senior. He scored 15 goals with 27 assists in 24 games. St. John’s was the top-seeded team heading into the Super 8 playoffs. Austin Prep upset St. John’s 2-1 in the semifinals. Ranked 109th amongst North American skaters, Pinho was selected by Washington in the sixth round (174th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Pinho skated for the USHL Clark Cup champion Indiana Ice. The team’s second-leading scorer behind Penn State recruit Scott Conway, he scored 28 goals with 28 assists and was +29 with 21 penalty minutes. The Ice won 42 of 60 regular season games in finishing first in the Eastern Conference and rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Indiana defeated Waterloo, 3-2, in the decisive fifth game of the Clark Cup finals. Pinho scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +3 with no penalties in 12 playoff games.
Pinho possesses above average offensive skills and is an excellent skater with good speed. His combination of passing, puck handling ability and one-on-one skills as well as good vision make him an intriguing yet raw talent. Pinho has decent size at 6’1 and 185 pounds, though he still needs to add bulk to his frame before his collegiate career is over.
Pinho made his NCAA debut in 2014-15 with NCAA Champion Providence, chipping in 18 points in 39 games. His role should expand in 2015-16 and he will look to build on his still very raw abilities for a contender on the collegiate level. With at least two more years in college followed by a year or two in the minors, it will be a long time before Pinho has a chance to see the ice in Washington. Still, with his offensive skills and skating ability, he will be one to watch for in the Capitals system.