2008-09: Tyler Pitlick played for Centennial High School in Minnesota. In 25 games, He scored 31 goals and added 33 assists for 64 points. he was a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award given to the top high school player in Minnesota.
2009-10: Freshman for University of Minnesota – Mankato. In 38 games for the Mavericks, Pitlick scored 11 goals and added 8 assists for 19 points. Nephew of former NHL player, Lance Pitlick.
2010-11: After being drafted by the Oilers in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Pitlick left Minnesota State to play for Medicine Hat in the WHL. He skated in 56 games for the Tigers, suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He scored 27 goals with 35 assists and was +4 with 31 PMs for the Tigers. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in April 2011.
2011-12: Pitlick steadily made the adjustment to pro hockey as a 20-year-old in his first season with Edmonton's AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. He skated in 62 of 76 games for the Barons, playing both wing and center, and scored 7 goals with 6 assists. He had 10 of his 23 points in the last two months of the season – finishing the year minus-one with 28 penalty minutes. Oklahoma City finished first in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Pitlick skated in 13 of 14 playoff games and was plus-two with 2 goals, 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes.
Pitlick has pro size, great hands, a plus shot, and sees the ice quite well. He has been described as a pure goal scorer, however his stats in his one WHL season indicate a good not great scorer. He is also noted for his hockey sense and defensive awareness, and he doesn't shy away from the physical element of the game. Pitlick understands the game very well and has the ability to make smart decisions. In his draft year his offensive upside was talked about a great deal, and it may have been somewhat overstated based on the results since. He is talented no doubt, but doesn't have the look of a top line player offensively.
Pitlick could wind up anywhere from a complementary top line player to a physical winger with scoring touch in the bottom six. Realistically he's likely to wind up as a 2nd/3rd line winger who brings a physicality and a solid scoring touch to the lineup at the NHL level, though he will need to develop and round out his game in the minors for a season or two first.