Monday, September 5, 2011

Ten Second Tier Prospects That Hopefully Exceed Expectations, #2 Tyler Pitlick

Big, fast, hard shot, and physical, these are some of the best adjectives to describe Tyler Pitlick's game. The first pick of the second round in 2010, Pitlick played RW last year in Medicine Hat and as the year went on he improved his offensive production as he got used to the CHL game.

Despite the fact that he played RW last year whenever you hear the Oilers talk about Pitlick it is as a center. A big, fast, right handed, and physical 2C? Sounds like the perfect compliment to RNH long term. Of course Pitlick first needs to cut his teeth at the AHL level and taking a step up in competition while also changing positions is a daunting task to say the least.

If he comes through with flying colors the Oilers will have the makings of a very balanced top six and their center depth will have gone from the worst in the league to better than average at least in short order. Pitlick is a very big piece to the rebuild puzzle, if he succeeds the Oilers are in a great spot going forward, if he doesn't it could be very detrimental to the long term success of this team.


Lisa McRitchie said...

The Medicine Hat Tigers had such a strong team with such depth I can understand why Pitlick played the wing. I hope he makes the Barons and from there I would like to see them at least try him at centre. I think that there is a place for Pitlick going forward, he was a steal at 31.

Bryanbryoil said...

I also hold high hopes for Pitlick. It will be interesting to see how both Pitlick and Hamilton do this year as the AHL chews up and spits out a lot of rookies year after year. If they can come in and do well that bodes well for the Oilers future.