Brandon Pirri
Image: NHL

Brandon Pirri


Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









Trade with Florida, 2016


163 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2007-08: Brandon Pirri played for the Streetsville Derbys of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.  He scored 18 goals and added 32 assists in 40 games, along with 42 penalty minutes.

2008-09: Pirri began the season with the Streetsville Derbys, appearing in 18 games for that club.  He scored 21 goals and chipped in 28 assists in those 18 games, including 11 power-play goals.  Pirri was traded to the Georgetown Raiders, where he played in 26 games.  He added 25 goals and 20 assists to his offensive totals, giving him 94 points for the season which placed him third overall in scoring the OJHL.  Pirri played for the Canada East team at the World Junior Challenge Cup.  Won the B.J. Munro Memorial Award as the league’s player judged to have the potential to advance to the pro game. Pirri was chosen in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

2009-10: Pirri skated with the top six forwards throughout his freshman season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, finishing second on the team with 43 points. The center scored 11 goals and led the team with 32 assists in 39 games for the Engineers. His freshman year performance earned him an entry-level contract with Chicago.

2010-11: As a rookie, Pirri scored 12 goals, 31 assists for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. He finished the season with 43 points in 70 games, ranking fourth overall on Rockford and leading the team’s talented rookie class. Though he got off to a slow start, Pirri gained confidence over the course of the season and had a strong finish on the team’s top line alongside veteran winger Jeff Taffe.

2011-12: Pirri appeared in five games with the Blackhawks during three separate stints with the team and was the leading scorer for Chicago’s AHL affiliate Rockford. Pirri had 2 assists and was plus-2, averaging 13:31 minutes of ice time with Chicago. He did not play in any playoff games for the Blackhawks. In 66 games for Rockford he scored 23 goals with 33 assists and was plus-nine with 36 penalty minutes.  The IceHogs did not make the AHL playoffs.

2012-13: Pirri saw his only NHL action of the season in a late April game with the Blackhawks and led the AHL in points and assists in his third pro season. Pirri had no points nor penalties in nearly 18 minutes of ice time in Chicago’s 3-1 loss to the Blues. He scored 22 goals with 53 assists in 76 games with Chicago’s AHL affiliate Rockford and was +11 with 72 penalty minutes. The ice Hogs finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Pirri was with Chicago during the Stanley Cup playoffs but did not play in any games.


Talent Analysis

Pirri's puckhandling and playmaking skills are by far his strongest attributes. His decision-making and feel for the offensive game continues to improve at the professional level and has helped him develop into an offensive leader at the AHL level. He is adept at finding the soft spots in the offensive zone and possesses a hard shot. Though his defensive game is a work in progress, Pirri is not quite a liability and has added enough strength to compete against larger forwards. A potential top six center, his main hurdle will be adjusting to the speed and tightened space at the NHL level.



Pirri was dealt by the Florida Panthers to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth round draft.

Teravainen takes over top spot in Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 update

by Brad Gardner

Teuvo Teravainen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen is an offensive dynamo in Finland’s top pro circuit and captain of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking update maintains much of the depth from the fall ranking despite the graduation of Brandon Saad and loss to trade/waivers of prospects like Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, and Kyle Beach.

Read more»

Deep pool of Chicago Blackhawks prospects developing in minor leagues in 2013-14

by Brad Gardner

Adam Clendening - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Defenseman Adam Clendening, a second round pick in 2011, leads the Rockford IceHogs in scoring in 2013-14 (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

Following a hot start to the season for the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks, the squad has settled into a familiar spot in the standings. The 'Hogs hold the eighth spot in the West with an 18-18-4-2 record but have played three to four more games than many other teams.

Read more»

Hertl stands alone atop Calder Poll for November

by Tony Piscotta

Tomas Hertl - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl turned in another solid month in November to earn the top spot in HF’s ranking of the top NHL rookies (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Image)

The Hockey's Future Calder Trophy poll for November reflected the depth of the 2013-14 rookie class as 22 players received votes from members of the staff. This month's Top 10 was impacted by several early season call-ups who have emerged while a handful of players who opened the season with a bang but then cooled off are no longer in this month's Top 10 (actually eleven since there was a tie for the 10th spot).

Read more»

Center and defensive depth remain the strengths of Chicago Blackhawks system

by Brad Gardner

Brandon Pirri - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Brandon Pirri earned an opportunity on Chicago’s second line and has responded with three goals, one assist in his last five games (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

The Chicago Blackhawks’ organizational depth has begun to break through to the NHL level in 2013-14. Led by Brandon Pirri, a handful of prospects have seen playing time in Chicago so far this season, while the depth on the wing and the blue line allowed General Manager Stan Bowman to swing a trade for former-Blackhawk Kris Versteeg.

Read more»