Tyler Pitlick Done for the Year

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This morning, it was announced that Pitlick is done for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee. If Pitlick didn’t have bad luck he would have no luck at all.


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Aside from the miracle that is the Oilers being in a playoff spot going into the Christmas break, one of the biggest stories of the season, for me, was the emergence of Tyler Pitlick. Back when he signed another one-year deal in the summer, a lot of us were confused as to why the Oilers would want to bring Pitters back into the fold. That’s not to say that we thought re-signing the 2010 draft pick was a bad idea, but it didn’t seem to be the kind of deal that would make a difference to the Oilers. Obviously, depth is important but to this stage in his career Pitlick has never been able to stay healthy let alone have an impact at the NHL level. 

Despite the doubters, Pitlick showed up to training camp in shape and prepared to make the most of his opportunity, and he accomplished exactly that. Pitlick played a simple game and took advantage of the ice he was given, turning himself into the impactful depth player that we had all doubted he could be. To quote Robin Brownlee, Pitlick was SIUTBSOHC and found himself in the midst of a career year that no one could have ever predicted. Unfortunately, Pitlick’s injury luck continues to plague him as he will miss the remainder of this season due to a torn ACL in his left knee. Although the Oilers haven’t officially announced that surgery will be required you just know that we’ll be adding another notch to our surgery punch card.

In the end, this news is a pretty shitty Christmas gift for a player that was working hard to earn every minute of ice he was given. Tyler Pitlick has never scored more than eight goals in a professional season but he had that many already with the Oilers, and it looked as though he was going to become one of the feel stories of the year. Instead, Pitlick has months of rehab ahead of him in the hopes that he will be able to get back to the level he was trending this season. After signing a one-year deal you also have to wonder what plans the Oilers will have to bring him back for the 2017-18 season. I’d hope that the work he put in this year has earned him another deal with the team, but professional sports can be a cold mistress and we’ll have to wait and see.

Either way, I’m sure Tyler Pitlick has a few Festivus grievances about the hockey gods that he’d like to air out, and I don’t think anyone would blame him. All the best, Tyler. We wish you a speedy recovery.

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TYLER PITLICK’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2011-12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 62 7 16 23 28 -1 13 2 5 7 2
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 44 3 7 10 10 -7 16 2 4 6 8
2013-14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 39 8 14 22 10 6 2 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 10 1 0 1 0 -2
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 14 3 6 9 8 -1
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 2 0 2 4 -3
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 37 7 14 21 4 -3
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers* NHL 31 8 3 11 6 0
NHL Totals 58 11 3 14 10

  • Cain

    Doubt he gets another contract. I like him and the way he plays, but his body obviously is not built for NHL hockey.

    Absolutely no reason to protect this player. An injury prone, bottom six winger with great determination but no luck staying healthy…

  • ubermiguel

    Nooooooooooooo!!! Did Pitlick break a mirror while opening an umbrella inside on Friday the 13th? I’m still pulling for the guy, he showed enough this year I think he gets another NHL chance somewhere, I hope it’s in Edmonton. He’s a good depth player we developed internally, the Oilers have not had many of those in the last decade.

  • @Hallsy4

    I’m with Cain on this one.. I too like Pitlick, and he’s been great this year. However, in his entire career he’s never put up spectacular numbers, even in Junior (good not great). He’s been very average in the AHL and unfortunately he’s been injury prone. He’s 25 now, so will be 26 by the time he can play again. SInce the Oilers drafted him, he’s never shown he deserves to be in the NHL full time until this season… a lot has to due with bad luck, but he also hasn’t lit it up when he’s played, besides his short excellent stretch this year. I’m fine with him getting another chance, but not a chance I’d protect him in the expansion, and I’d even be weary of re-signing him. It might be time to cut the chord… I hope he gets another chance, but it’s not like losing him will be a big loss. He will probably score a regular season goal for Arizona against the Oil in a few years, and be up and down between the minors and the odd NHL game. Aside from that, we probably never hear of him if he leaves. Think Fedun.

  • vetinari

    Frig. On the one hand, he’s had a bad history of injuries. On the other, he’s come back from each and every one. Will never bet against this guy. Godspeed and get better Pitters.

  • NealH

    It strikes me that any talk here about trading him, cutting him, that his career is over, can’t play in the NHL etc is like spitting on an injured kid in a car accident.

    Why don’t we just all wish him our best to come back better than ever. What happens will happen when the time comes. Not now guys. If he reads ON wouldn’t it be great if he got uplifted a bit?

    I just feel so bad for him…