According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, 19-year-old center Brandon Pirri is leaving RPI to turn professional. Terms have not yet been finalized, according to McKenzie.
Pirri is considered one of the top center prospects in the Blackhawks organization, and was selected by the Hawks in the second round (59th overall) in the 2009 Draft. Listed at 6’0 and 165 pounds, Pirri scored 43 points (11 G, 32 A) in 39 games at RPI last year.
At the Hawks prospect camp in July, Pirri was one of the more impressive players over the four days. He joins a growing number of young prospects in the Hawks system turning pro, headlined most recently by defenseman Nick Leddy leaving Minnesota earlier this summer. Pirri won’t turn 20 until April 10.