Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pitlick to Medicine Hat

It had been rumored recentlythat Minnesota State forward Tyler Pitlick, a potential late first- or early second-round pick at next month's NHL draft would bolt the Mavericks for the WHL.

Today, I found this link (h/t to MF79/Jerome for posting it) to a WCHA blog which appears to have discovered the goods on Pitlick's decision to play for the Medicine Hat Tigers next season:

The nephew of former NHL defenseman Lance Pitlick, the late '91 birthdate scored 11 goals in 38 games for Mankato State in his freshman year. At 6-1, 190 pounds he has the size and mobility to be a productive two-way player in the WHL next season.

I saw him play twice this season, and was impressed with his footspeed and high-energy, gritty game. But truth be told, he had very little help around him and wasn't able to accomplish much. He'll have more weapons around him (Emerson Etem for starters) in Medicine Hat. Plus, I read somewhere that his game translates better to major junior than the NCAA.

If this report is true, then it should be a good situation and scenery change for him. Bad news for the Mavericks, but such is life in hockey these days.

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