Tyler Pitlick played his first pro hockey game age 19 years, 11 months and 7 days. The young man showed flashes but did not deliver offensively deep into the season. At the end of the year, and into the playoffs, there are signs he’s turning a corner. Is this a false spring?
Not everyone makes the “A” list and not every prospect makes it past the AHL. Edmonton’s Tyler Pitlick was taken just outside the first round, so expectations are that he’ll play some important games in the NHL.
It didn’t look like it for most of this season, Pitlick went a long time without showing much offensively. Even NHL checkers score at a certain level in the minors and Pitlick’s comparables at the same age suggested his future involved actually working for a living.
- Pitlick through 35 AHL games: 4-6-10 .286
That isn’t promising. Really, if this were a movie the dialogue would be heavy and the music would suggest impending doom. In Foghat terms, “Slow Ride” would be too fast a pace.
- Pitlick since: 31gp, 5-12-17 .548
This could mean very little: Pitlick’s on a winning streak, getting a push from the coach, rolling 7′s and winning the girl. This happens and that’s a very small sample size.
Still, for a guy who looked like a goner in late January this is a nice little run. No outlandish predictions, no suggestions he’ll be riding shotgun to Hall and the Nuge, zero thought he’s in the driver’s seat.
But there’s a pulse. A false spring? Heaven knows.
Godspeed young man. We’re waiting for you.