25-Year-Old Center – Dallas Stars
Tyler Pitlick Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $3 million contract with the Stars in July of 2017.
Pitlick scored a goal on one of four shots while adding a pair of hits in just 13:32 of ice time during Tuesday's preseason win over Minnesota.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Pitlick has yet to make his mark in Edmonton, and after signing a one-year, two-way contract this offseason, it's almost a certain guarantee that he will split his time between the big club and AHL Bakersfield in 2015-16. Pitlick's fantasy success is contingent on him playing alongside talented linemates, but a top-six opportunity doesn't appear to be in the cards at any point this season. The Oilers may feel it is better at this point for Pitlick to play significant minutes in the AHL rather than less than 10 minutes per night in the NHL.
Pitlick made his NHL debut in 2013-14 and scored his first goal, but it was his only goal in 10 games. But the door of opportunity is open for the center to secure a full-time gig in Edmonton this season. Outside of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' hold on the top line, every other line has an opening at center. Pitlick would need a tremedous camp to win the second-line job, but his energy would be a great fit on the third or fourth line. His fantasy value will be limited in that role, but he'll be earning an NHL contract.
Pitlick has all the tools to be a productive forward at the NHL level. He has soft hands, a plus shot, good size and sees the ice well. His first season in the AHL wasn't eye opening, but it wasn't terrible either as he had seven goals and 16 assists. He should be no worse than a third-line player when he does break into the NHL. He'll return to the AHL for 2012-13.
Pitlick is known as a pure goal scorer with great offensive potential and in his first season in the WHL, he did not disappoint with 27 goals and 62 points in 56 games. He is unlikely to begin the season with Edmonton, but will probably take the next step in his progression and play with Oklahoma City of the AHL.
Another high upside player in the Oilers system. Pitlick has been described as a pure goal scorer, but disappointed last season with only 11 goals in 38 games for the University of Minnesota. The Oilers will send him to the WHL this season to find out where his career path will lead to.