Only a few days after the rumor mills were running rampant on whether Brandon Pirri will even consider signing with the Blackhawks organization after he failed to make the roster out of camp, he finally gets his shot. (Jimmy Hayes gets sent back down).
Today, I specifically watched Joakim Nordstrom. He wasn't the first line out on the PK, but he did get his opportunity with Kruger and he did well. He also was moved up during the game to the 3rd line and he also netted his first NHL goal....guess he'll be sticking around for a while. There is an apparent like for this kid by his teammates and NOTHING beats great camaraderie.
Hawks still have a few things to work on. The biggest one is playing a full 60 minutes. The Hawks were up 2-0 on NY Isles when they gave up 2 goals in the final minute of the period. Grrrrrrr. Frustrating. They must have talked about it, for it was on all their lips in post game interviews. What is also apparent, is that this team is FAR FROM panicking because their record is 2-1-1. They will work on what needs to be worked on, and this time they'll add one of my Rockford Icehog favorites in the deserving Brandon Pirri.
Good luck Brandon, I'll definitely be watching your progress.