Pitlick signs one-year deal
Tyler Pitlick is getting another chance to live up to the expectations. And to stay healthy. The oft-injured winger, who has been struggling to carve a place for himself with the Edmonton Oilers since being drafted 31st overall in 2010, signed a one-year contract with the team Friday.
It’s good news for a player who is on the verge of being expendable after managing to play just 37, 31 and 49 games over the last three seasons, but it might be his last opportunity to prove he’s good enough and durable enough to remain in GM Peter Chiarelli’s equation.
It’s his third straight one-year deal.
The 24-year-old from Minnesota had a few looks with the Oilers over the years but hasn’t been able to deliver yet on the potential that made him the first pick of the second round six years ago. Much of the problems stem from his inability to make it to the starting gate every night.
He injured his knee moments after scoring his first goal for the Oilers in the 2013-14 season and missed a long stretch. He recovered and earned another call-up with Edmonton, only to land back on the shelf again after taking a puck off a kneecap.
In 2014-15, he played 14 games with the Oilers suffering a lacerated spleen in the New Year’s Eve game with Calgary. The injury sidelined him for four months.
Last year, he played 37 games, all with Bakersfield, posting seven goals, 14 assists and four penalty minutes.
In all, Pitlick has three goals in 27 career NHL games, and 85 points and 60 PIMs in 196 career AHL games.
The move will provide Edmonton with some AHL depth while leaving the door open for the 6-foot, 202-pounder to shake his bad luck and establish himself as a productive and durable forward.