12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Brandon Pirri, Assign Jimmy Hayes to Rockford

  • October 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Couple things

    Pirri needs to work his ass off to have any prayer of sticking. I am on record as saying I don’t think he is NHL material, but time for him to stop sulking and prove to the organization they are wrong. My suspicion is that he will keep a spot warm for the impending arrival of Danault, who I continue to think will be up for good by the Christmas holidays.

    Nordstrom is a special talent. He does so many things well but he is raw. I locked in on his skating last night. Rock solid, as is his puck movement. Very excited about his ability to become a supreme specialist on this club.

    Smith is useless. To the point I don’t understand why he is here.

    Hayes is not a good fit on this club. I think he has a okay future in this league but it is doubtful to be with the Hawks. He’s not a fit.

  • October 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The callup of Pirri surprised me, mainly because it happened after only 4 games. My guess is that there are two main reasons for it, Q wants to try something to help Sharp and Hossa to get off the schnide, and since this is a back to back, and three in four nights, Handzus needs a game off. Shaw or Kruger could play 2C (and maybe they will), but Pirri is supposed to have better playmaking skills that those two and can potentially tee it up for Sharp and Hossa better.

    It’s interesting that Danault was a pretty good scorer in Jr’s but has kinda been tagged as a defensive player with the thought being he will be the 3rd line center. Of course at this point we aren’t assured he’s even an NHL calibre player, let alone where he would slot into a lineup, but I think there’s at least a posibility that he could end up as a 2C based on his play in Jr’s. I’m not sticking my neck out as far as Rufus on this one though in terms of timetable. Christmas sounds a little too aggresive to me.

  • October 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

    a little too aggressive? laughably aggressive.

  • October 12, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Rufus the way I see it is Pirri is not what Q is looking for because he doesn’t skate as well as most Hawks (Zus gets away with it w/ IQ and many years of experience… but not a long-term answer). With that said- I see where you are going and somewhat agree
    that Danault will be better option… Danault can skate with Hawks top 6… but ER he is more of D minded/playmaking center- not really known for shooting… and he is still too green.

    The reason 42 is playing- he is much better skater than all of the other Prospects…
    the next two “Best” skating forward prospects would be TT, Danault, ???

    It is early- but 29/65 look a little out of sorts… perhaps they miss the Elite speed of 25 chasing/pushing the pace of play…

  • October 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Wall – I agree that Danault has shown to be more of a pass first center than shooter but that is probably preferred when centering two shooters like Sharp and Hossa. Who knows if Danault turns into an NHL calibre center – certainly not me at this point. My point in the earlier post is that Danault seems to be labelled as a “defensive forward” which is usually code for meaning he doesn’t have enough of an offensive game to play in the top-6, and I’m not so sure that is accurate. He showed some pretty good playmaking ability in Jr’s and probably would have had a more offensive roll on Team Canada’s u20 team if Canada didn’t have such an embarrassment of riches with all their stud forwards.

    Danault has potential, but I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed if he plays the entire season in Rockford.

  • October 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    ER- I agree about Danault- too green

    Trying to follow TT in Finland… had a great European Trophy performance..
    but hasn’t done anything in league play??? Either he is exhausted from the Travel/Hawk hoopla… or Jokerit’s IQ/talent isn’t blending with his?

    A little puzzling.

  • October 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    re: “Danault was a pretty good scorer in Jr’s but has kinda been tagged as a defensive player” – Dave Bolland put up 130 pts in 59 gms w/ London in 05-06. Kyle Beach scored 52 goals in 68 games w/ Spokane in 09-10. Lots of players put up big offensive numbers in juniors, but how/where a player projects at the NHL level isn’t all about scoring well. I like Danault’s game a lot, but it’s hard to see him as a top-six center for the Chicago Blackhawks if Jonathan Toews and Teuvo Teravainen are in the same organization.

  • October 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Tab I was thinking same thing about Danault, hes just like Bolly. Not as many pts in final jr year but same kind of player. I ve always thaught of 24 as the future 36. Maybe Danault is nhlready by 2nd 40games but T is nhlready now and he is probably not in until fall ’15.

    T was 2nd line left/right the past 1.5 years, I ve read their team doesnt have many scorers/finnishers, and T is top line center (top pairs) this season. Must be a good thing for development. Moar important than pt totals. …

    24 & 23 probably won’t help us this season, but… The Danault & T Co. train is in route and when it arrives its going to…

  • October 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Morrison – Jokerit is having a terrible stretch and TT was moved to second line LW in Jokerit’s 8-4 loss today. Not sure if the atmosphere there is conducive to positive development, but he’s ju st going to have to tough it out and hopefully it builds his resolve.

  • October 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Yea, I havnt checked in wk/since the game he scored w 1 sec. left. Wasnt aware they switched it up… T better be getting what he needs there.

  • October 14, 2013 at 10:24 am

    TT- I think he needs 2 things in Finland… gain about 7-10 lbs. and confidence that he can play at NHL level…

    I don’t think he is gaining confidence playing w/ jokerit team right now! (and not scoring)

    Hopefully when he gets with Elite types in WJC’s or Olympics… he will gain the confidence playing with other elites!

  • October 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

    TT will be fine. Being on a struggling team is part of life. Duncan Kieth’s first 2 pro years the Hawks (05/06 and 06/07) were 57-107. He played in 163 of 164 games. There are not many Hawks left from that team but Kieth managed well as a young rising pro.

    It is a lot easier AND a player can look better than he really is when surrounded by stars. If TT is pro material he will survive and strive.

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