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Muskegon's Pitlick named USHL Player of the Year

Projected 2016 NHL Draft pick had 46 goals, 89 points in 56 games

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Muskegon center Rem Pitlick, a projected fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was recognized as the 2016 United States Hockey League Player of the Year and Forward of the Year on Monday.

Pitlick (5-foot-9, 196 pounds), No. 93 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 draft, led the USHL and set a Muskegon record with 89 points. He led the league with 46 goals, 43 assists and eight game-winning goals in 56 regular-season games; his goal total ranks third on the all-time USHL list.

"[Pitlick] is a speed guy; shifty and elusive with the puck," NHL Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen said. "He is a solid point producer and very hard to handle off the rush. He has a chance to play at the next level with his overall skill package and skating ability."

Pitlick had 25 multiple-point games and scored at least three points in 13 games. He is the fourth player in USHL history to score at least 40 goals in a season. Pitlick, who is committed to the University of Minnesota in 2016-17, has 105 points in 103 career USHL games over two seasons.

He is the cousin of forward Tyler Pitlick, who was selected in the second round (No. 31) of the 2010 draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Tyler Pitlick had seven goals and 21 points in 37 games for Bakersfield of the American Hockey League in 2015-16.

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