Tyler Pitlick
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Tyler Pitlick

Hometown:

Centerville Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-11-01

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (31st overall), 2010

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

2012-13: Pitlick was limited to 44 games in his second AHL season due to injuries and the presence of several NHL forwards in the Oklahoma City lineup early in the year due to the NHL lockout. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was -7 with 10 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Pitlick played in 16 of 17 playoff games, scoring 2 goals with 4 assists, and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Pitlick made his NHL debut in a game against Montreal in October and scored his first NHL goal two games later during a three-game stint with the Oilers — spending most of his third pro season with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City — and re-joined the NHL club in March, skating in seven games. In 10 NHL games he scored 1 goal and was -2 with no penalty minutes. Despite again missing time due to injury he skated in 39 AHL games with the Barons and scored 8 goals with 14 assists, finishing +6 with 10 penalty minutes. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division and was swept by Calder Cup champion Texas in a first round playoff series. Pitlick had no points nor penalties and was an even plus/minus in two playoff games. 

2014-15: Pitlick attended training camp with Edmonton before being assigned to Oilers AHL affiliate Oklahoma City to start the 2014-15 season. He was subsequently called up by Edmonton in December and skated in 14 games in a lower line role before suffering a lacerated spleen in a game against the Flames. Returning late in the year, he scored  2 goals and was -3 with 4 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Oilers, averaging 12:26 minutes of ice time. Pitlick played 14 games for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City, scoring 3 goals with 6 assists and finishing -1 with 8 penalty minutes. He was re-signed by Edmonton to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Pitlick has pro size, great hands, a plus shot, and sees the ice quite well. He is noted for his hockey sense and defensive awareness and does not shy away from the physical element of the game. Pitlick was perceived as a pure goal scorer when he was drafted but his offensive numbers have been limited at the pro level. A series of injuries have kept him off the ice for long stretches during his four-year career — the most recent being a spleen injury suffered in a game against Calgary on New Years' Eve 2014. HIs determination to overcome those setbacks speaks to his character but the time off has slowed his development.

Future

Pitlick is in his fifth pro season in 2015-16 — skating for new Oilers' AHL affiliate Bakersfield. Pitlick's injury woes have once again been an issue as he suffered a concussion after playing three games in October. Since returning in January he has been one of the more consistent scorers for the Condors and has played a strong two-way game. With so much missed time Pitlick never developed into the player envisioned when Edmonton drafted him in the second round in 2010. His fortitude in working to overcome those injuries suggests he has a future as a serviceable two-way forward.

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For freshmen first entering the collegiate game, the adjustment is often quite challenging. It is especially difficult for players coming from the high school ranks.

But there are those that make the adjustment rather easily, and one is Minnesota State-Mankato freshman Tyler Pitlick.

"I think Tyler has handled the transition extremely well," noted Minnesota State-Mankato head coach Troy Jutting. "His progress has been terrific. Most kids his age are playing in junior hockey somewhere or are still in high school playing hockey."

Pitlick, the nephew of former NHLer Lance Pitlick, came to Minnesota State-Mankato from Centennial High School where he served as team captain and led both the Cougars as well as the Northwest Suburban Conference in scoring with 64 points (31 goals, 33 assists) in 25 games last season. The Centerville, MN native was also named a finalist for the 2009 Mr. Hockey Award. Pitlick was a member of 2007 and 2008 U.S. Under-18 teams as well.

St. Cloud State and the University of Minnesota also recruited Pitlick. As the freshman center explained, the Mavericks style of play was one reason he chose to attend Minnesota State-Mankato.

"My uncle helped me to make the decision to go to Mankato," he said. "I decided to come to here because I like the coaching staff and I like the team’s style of play. I feel like I fit into it really well. I also already knew some of the guys on the team that I had played with on previous teams."

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