Tyler Pitlick & His NHL Future

Jonathan Willis
November 12 2012 01:00PM

Despite his disappointing numbers in the American Hockey League this season, Tyler Pitlick has in general played pretty well. He hasn’t been scoring, but he plays a strong possession game, adds size and a willingness to go to the corners, and just generally looks like a pretty good hockey player.

What does his NHL future hold?

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Best of the Nation - 11.11.12

Jonathan Willis
November 11 2012 10:27AM

Photo: Hakan Dahlstrom/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0

It's Hockey Hall of Fame week, so we lead off with a question: should the Canucks retire Pavel Bure's jersey? From there, the conversation goes all over - NHL equivalencies, the impact of the lockout on AHL attendance, whether rebuilding actually works, the U.S. presidential election, how to win an Evander Kane autographed stick and jersey, NHL '13, puckhogs, the demise (or exaggerated demise?) of the Sedins and much more.

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GDB: Battle of Alberta, AHL-Style

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2012 03:31PM

 

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Abbotsford Entertainment Sports Complex

Broadcast: SNET

Edmonton/Baron view (courtesy Jonathan Willis)

The Oklahoma City Barons enter tonight's contest reeling from consecutive shutout losses, most recently on Friday at the hands of the Abbotsford Heat.

Todd Nelson entered Friday's game attempting to diversify his attack - splitting the trio of Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall over three separate lines. Ultimately, rather than diversifying he diluted; Hall's still well back of his form from previous years, Nugent-Hopkins proved unable to turn Tyler Pitlick and Antti Tyrvainen into scorers, and even Eberle's line struggled to generate offence depsite strong efforts from himself and Teemu Hartikainen.

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Take a load off, Annie

Jonathan Willis
November 08 2012 10:08AM

Ever since Bob Stauffer broke out his “wow factor” trade rumour the other day, there’s been a thought that has stuck with me, and it’s about the summer of 2013. It will be an important one for the Oilers, and while many fans will be untroubled by a date so far in the future, the guys in the front office had better have it marked in red.

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It’s a good time to be Teemu Hartikainen

Jonathan Willis
November 06 2012 05:50AM

In yesterday’s AHL grades piece, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about Teemu Hartikainen. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t optimistic about his NHL future – far from it. In fact, he’s done as much to cement a shot at an NHL job when this lockout ends as anyone on the team not named Justin Schultz.

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