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Bottom-six upside


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July 2019 – Pietila has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ducks.  Jokke Nevalainen

April 2019 — Pietila produced very little in five more games for New Jersey before being sent down to Binghamton on March 22nd. The forward is excellent at the AHL level and finished up with 46 points in 50 games there. He will continue to play top-six minutes for Binghamton next year with the occasional callup possible. Chris Wassel

March 2019 – Pietila did well in Binghamton to earn another call-up with New Jersey. Unfortunately for the left winger, it has been more of the same. He has one point (14 games played) for the New Jersey Devils and is a -6. He averages around 12 minutes a night but has seen 15+ minutes on a few occasions of late. With all the injuries, this is a real opportunity for Pietila to show all his attributes. So far, it has been a mixed bag at best. The forward is averaging less than a shot a game and worse even with his defensive deployment, he is getting pummeled possession wise (less than 40% Corsi For). Pietila may be back to Binghamton in the near future. Chris Wassel

April 2017 – With a spate of injuries and a disappointing New Jersey campaign nearly at a close, Pietila had an opportunity to get in eight March NHL games, giving him a total of 10, including one assist, nine shots on goal, and a minus-5. He continued to play a significant role for AHL Albany between his brief Newark stays with 17 goals and 16 assists in 49 games. A fifth-round pick of the Devils in 2011, Pietila becomes a restricted free agent after this year as his $662,500 contract expires. Kevin Wickersham

April 2017 – With a spate of injuries and a disappointing New Jersey campaign nearly at a close Pietila had an opportunity to get in eight March NHL games, giving him a total of ten including one assist, nine shots-on-goal, and a minus-5. He continued to play a significant role for AHL Albany between his brief Newark stays with 17 goals and 16 assists in 49 games. A fifth-round pick of the Devils in 2011, Pietila becomes a restricted free agent after this year as his $662,500 contract expires.  Kevin WickershamNovember 2106 – Returning to Albany after a two-game stint with the parent Devils in the wake of Taylor Hall’s injury and Mike Cammalleri’s family-related absence, the speedy and hard-working Pietila is just a point behind Joseph Blandisi for the AHL Devils’ scoring lead with 11 points, including six goals (tops for Albany) and five assists, all in four fewer games than Blandisi. This is a significant increase in production, considering his regular season totals for last year (ten goals and seven assists in 59 games), as he played a more defensive, bottom-six role for much of the campaign. Spending a good portion of 2016-17 centering Albany’s top line flanked by John Quenneville and Peter Straka, Pietila has made the most of his opportunities thus far. – Kevin Wickersham

January 2016 – Blake Pietila is having himself a pretty good rookie season for the Albany Devils. As a bottom-six defensive winger, Pietila managed to score six goals and four assists in 31 games. Pietila will need some more seasoning in the AHL before he is ready to make the jump to the NHL. He still projects to be a checking line player who can chip in offensively occasionally. Justin Nobre

July 2015 – Pietila, finished what looked to be a pretty sucessful four-year college career at Michigan Tech (WCHA). Pietila scored 46 goals and 60 assists for 106 points in 153 games. He also managed to rack up 230 penalty minutes in his career which shows he has a tendency to play with an edge. His senior year with the Huskies was his most successful as he posted career highs of 14 goals and 30 points and led the team with 56 penalty minutes. Pietila was also named to the All-WCHA Third Team and he played as a co-captain for his final two years. Pietila recently signed a two year entry-level contract for $650,000 the first year and $675,000 for the second year. Much like fellow Devils prospect, Kujawinski, Pietila will most likely play in a bottom six role in Albany next year as an energy player. Justin Nobre

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.8
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 20, 1993
Height 5‘11”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2011 Round 5; Overall: 129

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2005-2006 Detroit Compuware QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2006-2007 Compuware 13U AAAT1EHL 13U30 21 930 53|        
 2007-2008 Compuware 14U AAAT1EHL 14U26 10 2131 22|        
 2008-2009 Compuware 16U AAAT1EHL 16U31 8 1119 8|        
 2009-2010 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL28 5 38 27|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP41 10 616 35|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP1 0 00 0|        
  USA U17WHC-176 1 01 2|        
 2010-2011 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL24 4 59 20|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP60 14 923 53|        
  USA U18WJC-186 1 01 0|        
 2011-2012 Michigan TechNCAA39 10 1424 46|        
 2012-2013 Michigan TechNCAA35 14 1024 44|        
  USA U20WJC-207 0 22 0|        
 2013-2014 Michigan TechNCAA39 8 2028 84|        
 2014-2015 Michigan TechNCAA40 14 1630 56|        
 2015-2016 New Jersey DevilsNHL7 1 12 2|        
  Albany DevilsAHL58 10 717 41|Playoffs8 3 36
 2016-2017 New Jersey DevilsNHL10 0 11 4|        
  Albany DevilsAHL49 17 1633 38|Playoffs4 0 22
 2017-2018 New Jersey DevilsNHL2 0 00 0|        
  Binghamton DevilsAHL60 12 1022 26|        
 2018-2019 New Jersey DevilsNHL19 0 11 6|        
  Binghamton DevilsAHL50 20 2646 42|        
 2019-2020 San Diego GullsAHL49 12 1224 20|        

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