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The Anaheim Ducks shouldn’t walk away from Brandon Pirri

Pirri has proven to be a very good goal scorer at the NHL level.

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The Anaheim Ducks extended qualifying offers to a few restricted free agents on Monday and there was one notable omission: Brandon Pirri.

The 25-year-old put up five points in nine games with the Ducks after being acquired at the deadline for a 6th round draft pick.

While the Ducks could still re-sign him prior to July 1st it seems unlikely at best.

Letting him go wouldn’t be a good idea, though.

In 159 games since becoming an NHL regular in 2013-14 Pirri has scored 49 goals and recorded 78 points. Those numbers don’t jump off the page at first glance but that averages out to be 25 goals and 40 points per 82 games.

What’s most impressive about Pirri’s ability to score is that he can do it at full-strength and doesn’t need power play ice to inflate his totals.

Over the last three seasons Pirri is tied with Brandon Saad and Sean Monahan for 27th in 5 v 5 goals per 60 minutes with .95. Obviously the sample size for Pirri is much smaller - he has missed time with injuries and been given somewhat limited ice - but the totals are impressive nonetheless.

On top of his goal scoring prowess Pirri has also posted pretty impressive underlying numbers. At 5 v 5 his team’s have controlled 50.4 percent of the shot attempts with him on the ice and 53.9 percent of the goals.

In other words when Pirri is on the ice his team is out shooting and out scoring the opposition.

By all accounts Pirri is a very good player. Letting him walk away for nothing seems counter productive.