Tyler Pitlick got his taste of the NHL last season. The 2010 second-round pick played 10 games for the Oilers, scoring one goal.
It was a conversation he had with his American Hockey League coach in Oklahoma City that made him realize what it took to make it to the NHL.
“I’ve always kind of hand a little bit of physicality in my game, I’ve always kind of played that way,” Pitlick said. “But I think with Todd Nelson down in OKC, he told me that if I wanted to make the NHL I was going to have to hit guys and skate hard up and down my wing and just play a simple game.”
A simple game is what earned Pitlick his first NHL call-up. Now he’s hoping to stick and he’s willing to take on any role asked of him.
“Whatever it takes,” he said.
“I’ll play five minutes a night, hitting guys every shift if that’s what it takes.”