In preparation for the NHL Draft on June 25, Die by the Blade will profile potential Buffalo Sabres Draft Picks. This feature will run daily with one or two players profiled each day.
Minnesota State - NCAA
6' 2" 194 lbs.
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Date of Birth: November 1, 1991
Stats: 35 GP, 10 G, 8 A, 18 PTS 27 PIM
The Good - Pitlick has many assets but the most impressive might be, his ability to be coached. He is always trying to be better and works hard to prove he belongs. He doesn't have the most talent on the ice but he works hard to make sure he is better than his opponent. Pitlick will never back down from a physical battle. He is also a good skater and has very good hands that allow him to carry the puck in tight spaces.
The Bad - Pitlick is very good in many aspects of the game but none of his skills would be considered elite. He has a very good chance of being a NHL player someday but he will likely max out as a third or fourth line two-way forward.
What They Are Saying
"Tyler has great offensive instincts. And along with that, one of the quickest releases I have coached in 20 years. He’s an extremely competitive kid who wants to be on the ice in critical situations. Tyler has worked hard to develop his game in the defensive end and this is an area he has improved greatly upon throughout the course of the season. He will continue to improve as his body matures. Coming from a hockey family, Tyler understands what it takes both on and off the ice in order to be a successful player."
Why The Sabres Might Pick Him
Pitlick is a big Center and the Sabres are in need of some size up the middle. Buffalo has Luke Adam in the pipeline but Adam is more of an offensive player while Pitlick is a two-way forward. Pitlick brings with him the smarts that Lindy Ruff finds useful in his players. He would probably be able to pick up the Sabres system with relative ease.
Why The Sabres Might Pass on Him
Pitlick is projected as a very good player but the Sabres might want to take a chance on a player that has potential to be more dynamic. The team has been missing a superstar type player since they lost Chris Drury and Danny Briere and Pitlick will never become a superstar in the NHL.