The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Taylor Pyatt off waivers, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Pyatt, 32, has played the past two seasons with the New York Rangers, collecting 12 points (6G-6A) in 70 regular-season games. He had four points (2G-2A) in 12 playoff games with the Rangers last spring.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Pyatt helped the Phoenix Coyotes reach the 2012 Western Conference Finals, scoring four goals, two assists and six points in 16 contests.
The Thunder Bay native has appeared in 825 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix and the Rangers, notching 136 goals, 140 assists and 276 points. Pyatt has 24 points (10G-14A) in 69 career playoff contests.
Originally the New York Islanders’ first-round (8th overall) draft pick in 1999, Pyatt has finished with double-digit goal totals seven times in his career. Pyatt’s best NHL season came with Vancouver in ‘06-07 when he established career highs in goals (23) and points (T-37).
Pyatt played three seasons of junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 1997-2000, totaling 195 points (91G-104A) in 194 regular-season games. He earned OHL First-Team All-Star honors his final season in Sudbury after tallying 40 goals and 89 points. Pyatt added 23 points (11G-12A) in 26 OHL playoff games.
Pyatt comes from a hockey background as his dad, Nelson, notched 134 points (71G-63A) in 296 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Rockies and Washington Capitals from 1973-80, while his younger brother, Tom, has played the last three years with the Tampa Bay Lightning.