Edmonton Oilers signed F Tyler Pitlick to his entry level deal this week. Pitlick played this season with the Medicine Hat Tigers and showed some offensive promise along with some grit.
Pitlick was injured late in the regular season, but in a conversation I had with PBP man Bob Ridley it sounds like the young man may return if the Tigers make it past the Red Deer Rebels.
Lots of scouting reports have hit the Al Gore since his draft day, and some of the items I’ve read are a little misleading based on what we were told on draft day.
Here’s what Redline said: “Accelerates briskly out of cross-over and blows by defenders. Has an NHL calibre shot right now. Flashed the ability to power through defenders. Can gain separation in corners with sharp twists and can turn on a dime. Patient playmaker. Long-limbed with farmboy like strength. Aggressive and finished checks. Can shield the puck and work it down low, but often gives it up due to his eagerness to come off the wall and attempt to dance around defenders. Work in progress defensively – will come back deep and battle for the puck but lacks awareness in coverage assignments. Green in many facets and was stuck on a Mankato team that was every man for himself, but was a big-time talent.”
Pitlick’s offense (56gp, 27-35-62) ranked him 3rd among WHL rookies and his EV stats (56gp, 22-19-41) suggest he might be a player. His 22 EV goals rank him 2nd among Tigers during the regular season despite missing several games and playing only sporadically on the big scoring line.
He is a strong candidate for the OKC Barons roster in the fall.