2010-11: Lawrence Pilut, whose father was born in Michigan and played college hockey in the USA before a long playing and coaching career with Tingsryds in Sweden, played for the U18 team in his father's club. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in 28 regular season games and was -1 with 1 assist in three playoff games. Pilut played for silver-medal winning Smaland 1 in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. He had 3 assists and was +10 with 2 penalty minutes in eight games for Smaland 1.
2011-12: Pilut joined HV71 in Jonkoping — appearing in three games for the club's U20 squad and skating for the U18 team — and played for Sweden's U17 team in the 2012 World Hockey Challenge. He had 1 assist in three SuperElit league games. Pilut played 37 games (including three playoff contests) for HV71's U18 team; scoring 6 goals with 10 assists and was +6 with 14 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist in six games at the World Hockey Challenge.
2012-13: Pilut spent the season with HV71's SuperElit League champion U20 team as a 16-year old. He scored 3 goals with 18 assists and was +8 with 28 penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +5 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games during the SuperElit league playoffs.
2013-14: Pilut made his debut with HV71's SHL club in the European Trophy tournament in August and split time between the men's team and HV71's U20 SuperElit league squad. Pilut was ranked 15th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Pilut plays bigger than his size and likes to be rough on opponents. Has been known to be uncompromising. This allowed him to adjust fairly well to the SHL game, where he gathered 22 games of experience and his offensive stats nor his penalty minutes differed much from his junior pace. Pilut does have a decent first pass and has shown some defensive capabilities at the junior level. Understands the game well and can turn his knowledge of positioning into a strength. His hard work and ability to place his body both in the line of fire and between opponents and the puck allow him to enjoy a certain level of effectiveness. Pilut also has a very strong read on oncoming forwards and can separate them from the puck well when they enter his defensive zone.
Pilut has a small frame and is nothing special from an offensive standpoint. Not a puckrusher by any means and his skating continues to be a work in progress. There’s no telling if he’ll enjoy a growth spurt at any point, but his physical style won’t help him remain free of injury over the long run if he continues to play this style.