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
  • C

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: Injuries and the presence of several NHL forwards in the Oklahoma City lineup early in the year due to the NHL lockout limited Pitlick to 44 games in his second AHL season. 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.

 

Talent Analysis

Pitlick has pro size, great hands, a plus shot, and sees the ice quite well. He is also noted for his hockey sense and defensive awareness, and he does not shy away from the physical element of the game. He has been described as a pure goal scorer, however his offensive numbers have been glaringly absent since being drafted. He has struggled badly throughout his time with the Oklahoma City Barons, splitting his time between the injury-reserve list and being sent down to the ECHL.

 

Future

Pitlick has been plagued by injury in the past couple of seasons, putting a damper on his previously projected NHL-level success. Pitlick finished the 2012-13 post-season on the Barons’ third line, and will likely fill a similar role  in 2013-14. He will need to turn things around offensively and show why he was the 31st overall pick in his draft year. While he still could end up as a bottom-six physical winger, he needs to get back on track to where he was around the time that he was drafted.

 

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