I have had similar thoughts during our CT river April sojurns - wondering what opportunities might have been missed by using wire.
Pike dentition looks a lot like their saltwater cousins - barracuda. and I've had those guys bite through 100lb fluro in less than a minute -- albeit with some pretty impressive aerobatics
Maybe pike teeth are not quite so sharp? I'm definitely up for some experimentation this season.
If there is risk of a bite-off the use on non-stainless hooks might be the right thing to do? The freshwater folks probably do this as a matter of course but I have used saltwater patterns in the past and not given the hook much thought.