BIG OPPORTUNITY

Tyler Pitlick is an interesting prospect. Although he did not have a strong debut in the AHL in 11-12, the organization remains strong on his future.

In an interview with Jason Gregor, OKC coach Todd Nelson had this to say about Pitlick:

  • Nelson: “right now, we have Hartikainen, Green, and Pitlick as a line. That’s a situation where we want to see Tyler Pitlick take the next step, play in a top‑six role. And I think playing alongside Josh Green and Hartikainen should help him out, and he should see some benefits from that.”

Basically, the Oilers decided–with three winger slots available for skill minutes (Eberle getting the other slot)–to go with Paajarvi, Hartikainen and Pitlick as their first options. Meaning players like Mark Arcobello are on the outside looking in (at least initially).


Pitlick scored 22 even-strength goals in Medicine Hat, that’s a solid total. Beyond that, his offense since being drafted has been average or (as it was last season) below expectations. We don’t have access to time-on-ice totals for any league he’s played in, but a long period on the 2line would offer us the best chance yet to see if he can deliver enough offensively.

As with Paajarvi (and Hartikainen), that’s the question we’re trying to answer with Tyler Pitlick. Is he good enough to score 20 a year on a second scoring line, or will his role be on a checking line (should he make the grade)?

Big opportunity.

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8 Responses to "BIG OPPORTUNITY"

  1. jimbones100 says:

    I will be tracking the OKC box scores and game notes to see how the prospects and team are performing. In addition I will also be looking at how Coach Nelson continues to develop. I very much like his strategy with the 2nd line. As far aa Pitlick goes, great opportunity. I am skeptical he can be a 2nd line scorer because he hasn’t shown much at the pro level yet. However as stated the scouts and coaches see something so I remain interested to see how he develops.

    When do the OKC games start?

  2. Jonathan Willis says:

    In Todd Nelson’s comments yesterday, he suggested that Ryan Martindale was actually going to get Hartikainen’s slot on L2.

  3. Jonathan Willis says:

    jimbones100,

    Friday is Oklahoma’s first regular season game.

  4. jp says:

    Jonathan Willis:
    In Todd Nelson’s comments yesterday, he suggested that Ryan Martindale was actually going to get Hartikainen’s slot on L2.

    Yes, and he mentioned that line would likely be getting PP2 time as well. That leaves Hartikainen-Lander-Arcobello on the 3rd line I think. Those really look like 2A and 2B lines to me. The real difference will be PP time and role (ZS and such). Martindale-Green-Pitlick getting a zone start/soft competition push while Landers line gets tough starts/comp actually makes a lot of sense I think… We will see.

  5. Dipstick says:

    jp: Yes, and he mentioned that line would likely be getting PP2 time as well. That leaves Hartikainen-Lander-Arcobello on the 3rd line I think. Those really look like 2A and 2B lines to me. The real difference will be PP time and role (ZS and such). Martindale-Green-Pitlick getting a zone start/soft competition push while Landers line gets tough starts/comp actually makes a lot of sense I think… We will see.

    Once/if the lockout ends, the first line will vacate leaving those two lines as 1 and 2. There might be some movement between lines depending on the performance of PRV, Harti and Pitlick. Either way, one of those will likely be gone at that point. Nelson will still have a couple of very skilled lines that have been regularly playing as a unit after the lockout. Sound planning IMO.

  6. jp says:

    Dipstick,

    And we’ll no doubt see Cornet and Rajala back on OKC at that point. Cornet may well find himself back in the top 6 once the others are back in the NHL. You’re certainly right that this depth is key to OKC, since the lockout won’t last forever (hopefully).

  7. ItsTheBGB says:

    Mark Acrobello is 5’9, 165 lbs. Who cares what he does, he’s not going to be an elite player, and he’s too small for a bottom 6 role. The only forwards of note in OKC are RNH, Eberle, Pitlick, Paajarvi, Hartikainen, Lander, Hamilton and Martindale.

  8. Deans123 says:

    Anyone know if AHL games will be shown on TV? The AHL online prices are ridiculously over-priced. $6.99 for one game is not a realistic pricing. How many Canadian fans would watch if the games were 2.99 or less?

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