Rishaug also noted that he felt the signing of Zack Kassian spelt the end of Pitlick’s time.
Battling injuries his whole career, Pitlick never was able to get his legs underneath him. Despite that, this last season he broke out.
In 31 games, he scored eight goals and three assists for 11 points. He put up more numbers in that time than any of his previous tenures.
Sadly, an ACL tear in December ended his season and also his time with the Oilers.
His 2.22 points per hour at 5v5 were second highest on the Oilers next to Connor McDavid.
Pitlick was drafted in the second round by the Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In his first year in the organization, he played 62 games followed by 44 in 2012-2013.
After that, he never was able to play in more than 40 games in the AHL or NHL.
I always liked Pitlick and was very impressed with his tenure last year. It’s too bad that the Oilers won’t give him another shot as a bottom-six guy.
Oilers seem to be in the market for a depth RW on AHL/NHL deal and a depth dman on similar type contract. Nibbling around edges of roster.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) June 30, 2017
The Oilers do appear to be looking for someone to fill the depth AHL/NHL winger role that Pitlick has played for the last few years. Earlier today, the Oilers and Landon Ferraro as a potential option by Darren Dreger.
Ferraro has largely underwhelmed in his NHL time.
These are his 5v5 numbers for his career: 687:17 TOI, 42.3 CF%, 40 GF%, 99 PDO, .96 P/60, 6.41 sh%.
None the less, stay tuned to OilersNation for all the breaking news tomorrow.
SELF PLUG TIME
— Zach Laing (@zjlaing) June 30, 2017
Recently, I’ve joined forces with a group of Oilers fans in Calgary. One man, Peter Bray, who started the @oilersyyc twitter account hosted some playoff parties during the Oilers playoff run.
Filling a local bar called the Pig and Duke, Oilers fans flocked to cheer on the team.
This pushed him towards the idea of starting a podcast which I have jumped on board with.
We just released our first episode today where I interviewed Oilers photoshop extraordinaire @isuckatpicking.
Give it a listen and stay tuned for more episodes to come. We are currently working on landing more guests and have already scored some big name media members.
Head over to the oilersyyc website to catch the first episode, or tune into the soundcloud link below.