Tyler Pitlick, C
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Drafted: 2010 by Edmonton, 31st overall
July 2017 – Tyler Pitlick signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent July first after not receiving a qualifying offer. Pitlick has struggled with injuries throuout his career but was able to crack the Oilers roster to start the season, and impressed with eight goals and 11 points in 31 games before a knee injury ended his season. If he can stay healthy he would be a fantasy option in deeper leagues. Peter Harling
October 2016 – After another development season in the AHL last season that saw him register 21 points in 37 games with Bakersfield. Tyler Pitlick came into the Oilers pre-season camp with the goal to crack the opening day roster. He impressed many in pre-season and earned himself a spot on the Oilers fourth line to start the season. Through the first three games he has already registered a goal in the home opener and has been an impactful player on the fore-check. Going forward Pitlick will need to consistently do this, as well as chip in offensively a little more to solidify a spot on the Oilers bottom six. Brayden Sullivan
September 2015 – Pitlick has cleared waivers (September 28) after being sent down early from Oilers training camp. It comes as a bit of a surprise after playing regular minutes with the big club last season before going down with a season-ending spleen injury. At 24-years-old it seems as though the time to shine for Pitlick as a prospect is slowly fading. Barring an excellent start to the AHL season it is unlikely he gets called up unless injures hit. His ceiling seems to be a bottom-6 role. Tyler Thomson
February 2015 – Pitlick suffered a lacerated spleen in a game on New year's Eve against Calgary. Pitlick had amassed nine points in 14 games with Oklahoma City before being called up to play for the Oilers. In 14 games, Pitlick only had one goal but was impressing coach Todd Nelson with his fast paced, high-energy play. It seemed all but certain that Pitlick was going to secure a spot in the bottom-six for the remainder of the season until this unfortunate injury. He has been told no skating for a month and no contact for three months. Pitlick will have to lick his wounds this season and come back hungry for a spot next year. Tyler Thomson
September 2013 – Oilers head coach, Dallas Eakins, has been very impressed with Tyler Pitlick, a second round prospect from the 2010 draft, during Edmonton’s 2013-14 training camp. Pitlick has shown great physicality and a strong work ethic that could fit nicely into the Oilers’ future bottom-six. After scoring 10 points in 44 games for the Oklahoma City Barons in his sophomore pro season, Pitlick doesn’t possess much upside at the NHL level but he’s going to be a difficult player to play against. Brendan Ross
January 2013 – Pitlick will miss the remainder of the season after tearing ligaments in his knee. Pitlick had just one goal in 32 games for Oklahoma City after posting 23 points in 63 games in 2011-12. Pitlick projects as a checking unit/energy guy when he reaches Edmonton. Rich Dillon
July 2012 – Tyler Pitlick has the size and skill set to be considered a safe bet to one day wear an NHL jersey. In his only season in the WHL, he potted 62 points in 56 games for Medicine Hat before turning pro. In the AHL, he had 23 points in 62 games as a rookie in a defensive role. While Pitlick thrives in such a role, the junior numbers show that there may be an upside for greater things. Once he fills out he will be north of 200 pounds and with his ability to play a physical game could turn into a very nice complimentary scoring line player. Plus, if he finds a way to climb the depth chart as a centerman in Edmonton, he could be flanked by some superstar wingers. Eric Daoust
Fantasy Outlook: C+
Only injuries are keeping him out of the NHL, a viable option in deeper leagues.
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