27-Year-Old Right Wing – Free Agent
Tom Pyatt Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July 2014.
Pyatt appears to be the odd man out in Tampa with the team going with a youth movement at forward. He has been a healthy scratch six times in the team's 11 games.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pyatt is the perfect blue-collar forward. He scored 12 goals and 19 points in 74 games with the Bolts last season, and that gives him the inside edge on a job this year. The 12 goals give him some waiver value, but that's only if you can catch lightning in a bottle.
Pyatt is a solid PK specialist who has a chance to slot into Sean Bergeheim's spot on the Bolts' roster. But his two-way contract could just as easily see him in the AHL depending on coach Guy Boucher's direction -- offense or hustle -- with his lower lines. He's a lunch-bucket type who is loved by his mates and fans but really doesn't have a spot in many fantasy formats.
Pyatt only produced five points in 40 games last year as he scored two goals and added three assists. The Canadiens are wondering whether the talented winger will bulk up to play on the checking line or if he will work on his skills and speed to be a scoring machine like the 2006-07 season for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, where he produced 43 goals and 81 points in 58 games. It should be safe to assume he will produce more then five points for the 2010-11 season, but how great of a leap is yet to be determined.