It was reported when he signed that around 20 teams were interested in Pionk.
Pionk said that he likes the Rangers style of play as well as the success they have had the past few years. (Duluth News Tribune)
He said that that the atmosphere around New York was "electric" and that "hopefully" he can play there one day. (Duluth News Tribune)
It's said that Pionk is an "aggressive, hustling, gambling defenseman" but he was much more low-risk when playing with a defensive defenseman as his partner. (Duluth Reader)
John Gilbert wrote that Pionk has impressed "every scout who watched him" and that he is someone who combines his hockey abilities with "great instincts." (Duluth Reader)
Pionk is supposedly just an "okay" defender in one on one situations but he has "above average" toughness and physicality for a player of his size. (SBN College)