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01-14-2013, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Hansen View Post
I see nothing wrong with giving Pirri a look at #2C to start the season assuming he plays up to par in camp. Better him there than moving Bolland up and destroying the bottom-6 in the process.

Pirri is young, and he's very effective on the offensive end already - at least, in the AHL. Hasn't had a long enough look with the Hawks yet to judge how he is up here.
He earned a shot last season and was shafted. A player who was much worse all throughout camp and preseason (Kruger) got the spot on the team over him, and the Hawks didn't have a second line center all year long. Again.

No reason not to give him his fair shot. Certainly has the offensive capability to handle the job, I'd say. And who better for a defensively questionable center to have on his wing than Marian Hossa?
Completely agree. He's paid his dues in the AHL, unlike Kruger (until this season). Just put him with Hossa and/or Sharp to mentor and cover for him defensively. If he does poorly, then at least we know. If he does reasonably well, then we have an answer for the 2C spot.

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