When the Florida Panthers acquired Brandon Pirri they knew what they were getting, a player with tons of upside but without the well rounded game (in the eyes of the Chicago Blackhawks) to stick in the lineup full-time.
One team’s depth option is another team’s offensive spark plug – as Pirri has been one of the more consistent offensive producers since joining the Panthers.
With increased and more consistent playing time, Pirri has strung together two separate scoring stretches, one in which he scored seven points (3 G, 4 A) in a span of five games from March 11-to-March 18.
With the game tying goal and assist on the team’s first goal, Pirri now has a four game point streak (3 G, 2 A), showing the offensive upside that made him a second round pick and that helped him lead the AHL in points last season.
Not only has Pirri been producing points, but he has been successful in the face dot, winning at least 50% in each game during his point streak. For a team that is currently 25th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage (48.1%) that is a huge boost.
The one downside to Pirri’s game, and the game of most young players has been consistency. While Pirri has the ability to string games together with points, he has also disappeared quite often, even in Florida.
From March 20-29, a span of six games, Pirri went without a point and was a minus-2. Pirri went even longer with the Blackhawks, with a pointless streak of 15-games (the last three were after the trade to the Panthers).
But it is hard to argue against the results he has had lately, with 12-points in the last 15-games (a 65-point pace over 82-games) Pirri has really turned it on lately and with three games in the season he has a chance to really lift his stock (pending restricted free agent) going into the offseason and next season.