This is the first NHL call-up for the 21-year old who is entering his third season with the Barons of the AHL. Currently through 7 games played, Pitlick has scored 1 goal and registered 2 assists while skating on the top line alongside Anton Lander and Linus Omark.
Pitlick’s large frame of 6’2″ and 193 pounds could be used to aggressively fore-check the opponents and create some room for his linemates by using his size in the offensive zone. His speed will be an asset for the Oilers as they wrap up their 6-game road trip Tuesday night in Montreal, providing he makes it into the lineup.
The Minnesota native turned some heads during training camp and has carried over his strong play to start the year with the Barons. Hearing his name as a call up doesn’t come as a surprise, especially when you consider the Oilers need more size in their forward lineup with Jesse Joensuu on the shelf with a back injury.
Coincidentally, our morning poll asked you the readers who you thought the Oilers should recall from OKC and 40% of the votes were cast in favor of Tyler Pitlick.