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Another strong night for Pitlick

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

Tyler Pitlick continues to make a push for a roster spot.

The sixth-year player has fought through injuries in his career, but a healthy and productive off-season, along with his consistent camp has him firmly in the mix.

On Thursday night, Pitlick took one step closer to a spot with a goal in Edmonton's 5-2 pre-season win over Winnipeg. He also had two shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and played 4:01 on the penalty kill. The latter is a role he'll have to embrace if he makes the team. There's a need for energetic penalty killers with heart-and-soul guy Matt Hendricks dealing with an injury.

"I thought Tyler played straight lines, he was physical again tonight and, obviously, the goal is a feather in his cap," said Head Coach Todd McLellan. "The penalty kill part of it, I think he'll get more accustomed to the way we want to do it and be able to read off a common penalty kill partner, which he doesn't have right now. He's just been getting better and better and he's doing everything he can to make the team."

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