Free agent forward Brandon Pirri has struggled to find work in the NHL for the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season.
As a result, he may become yet another depth forward to make his way over to Switzerland for the upcoming season.
Swiss Hockey News reported on Saturday that Pirri, who finished his 2016-17 campaign with a disappointing eight goals and 18 points in 60 regular season games for the New York Rangers, is potentially headed for the Swiss Hockey League for the upcoming campaign. He’s expected to head for the ZSC Lions, where fellow former Ranger Kevin Klein is headed to join the club’s blue line.
Per the report:
“According to information from La Regione, the Lions have signed the 26-year-old forward Brandon Pirri. The confirmation of the club should follow soon.”
Drafted 59th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009, Pirri has had an inconsistent NHL career thus far.
At his very best, he put up 22 goals in just 45 regular season games in 2015 for the Florida Panthers, but mysteriously contributed just two assists in the abbreviated campaign. He’s since hit 14 goals in the 2015-16 campaign, then had his disappointing year this past season with New York, and could walk away from the NHL for good over his consistency issues.
With 57 goals and 98 points over 226 games for the Blackhawks, Rangers, Panthers and Anaheim Ducks, though, he could be an excellent fit as a scoring forward in Europe.