2006-07: Steve Pinizzotto became the first player from RIT to sign with an NHL team when he signed with the Capitals in March. The Mississauga, ON native led the Tigers in scoring with 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) playing all 34 games and helped RIT claim the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season title. His 31 assists and 76 penalty minutes also led the team. Where Pinizzotto was particularly dangerous was on the power play, where he accumulated 25 (8 goals, 17 assists) of his 44 points.
2007-08: Pinizzotto played 23 games for Hershey (AHL) and 40 for South Carolina (ECHL) in his first season as a pro, He finished ninth in scoring at South Carolina despite playing just 40 games. He had seven multi-point games. He began the year with the Stingrays and scored his first professional goal in his second game on Oct. 21 at Augusta. He scored goals in six straight games (7g from 11/28 – 12/9). He was recalled to Hershey on Dec. 29 and played his first game of the year for the Bears that night. He recorded four assists with Hershey. He played five games in the AHL playoffs and 10 in the ECHL playoffs.
Pinizzotto’s game combines great offensive ability and some grit. He can set-up and finish plays. Where Pinizzotto is particularly dangerous is around the net. He can often be found making things happen around the net. He is also quite strong along the boards and in the corners. Pinizzotto is a tough competitor and won’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He moves the puck extremely well and possesses nice passing skills. Pinizzotto has a strong shot with a quick release. He is strong on skates and has some good speed but needs to have a quicker first step. Like all young players, adding size and strength to his 6’1 frame will be crucial to Pinizzotto’s future success.
Pinizzotto was dealt by the Florida Panthers along with Jack Combs to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Martindale and Derek Nesbitt in January, 2014.