Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/19/13
When Tyler Pitlick was tapped on the shoulder again one night after playing for the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets he purposefully obliged. The Oilers needed forwards to double up with injuries sidelining Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) Jujhar Khaira (undisclosed) and Andrew Miller (ribs). For Pitlick it was another chance to leave a good impression so he skated out on Wednesday for another pre-season game this time playing alongside Mark Arcobello and Jesse Joensuu in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers wasted no time setting the tone. Jordan Eberle tucked a wraparound in off Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo at 4:49 defenceman Martin Marincin got a goal through traffic then David Perron put one in off the far post by the time the game was just seven minutes and 38 seconds old. Jonesuu gave Edmonton a 4-0 cushion with his second goal of the pre-season whipping in an Arcobello rebound before the Canucks’ Brendan Gaunce batted in a rebound that got past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk at 13:06. The last two periods were scoreless. Joacim Eriksson took over for Luongo for the final period while Dubnyk went the distance for the Oilers turning away 25 shots. Edmonton’s next test goes Saturday against the Canucks at Rexall Place. There will be more cuts before then. “It’s always good when they want to take another look at you” said Pitlick a 21-year-old native of Minneapolis. “I’ve been feeling pretty good out there.” Selected in the second round of the 2010 NHL entry draft Pitlick is in his third pro season. He readily admits that his sophomore campaign with the Oklahoma City Barons was not his best. The winger who has the speed and wherewithal to play the body started out toward the bottom of the depth chart because of the NHL lockout then missed three weeks with a concussion only to sit out another two months with a knee injury. He played just 44 of the American Hockey League club’s 76 regular-season games. But he played all 16 playoff games chipping in a pair of goals and four assists. By the time the Oilers got to Vancouver Pitlick was one of the few Barons still in the mix. Earlier Wednesday Edmonton re-assigned defenceman Brandon Davidson and wingers Cameron Abney and Kale Kessy to the AHL Barons. Winger Mitch Moroz was returned to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League. Pitlick went to Vancouver after an impressive outing against the Jets. “There’s something there with that kid” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “We just have to see if we can bring it out of him.”
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