Pitlick will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL of the left knee. What an unfortunate development for the burgeoning winger, whose 2016-17 campaign ends with 11 points (eight goals) and a whopping 70 hits in 31 games. This should result in more consistent playing time for prized rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, and makes it that much more important for the gritty Zack Kassian to be in the lineup against some of the more physical opponents.
Pitlick (lower body) is now showing on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. The move to IR should surprise no one, as the winger was spotted with a cast up to his thigh after sustaining the injury in Monday night's contest against the Blues. While there's never a good time for injuries, this is especially poor timing, as Pitlick was heating up to the tune of four points in five games before going down. Don't expect him back until Dec. 29 at the earliest.
Pitlick will return to Edmonton to see doctors Tuesday after leaving Monday night's game with an injury. After the game, he seen was in a walking cast up to the thigh, indicating a potential lower-body injury, Rob Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun reports. Per Tychkowski, coach Todd McLellan said that Pitlick's injury "doesn't look good" right now. All of these factors seem to imply that Pitlick will miss at least the rest of the Oilers' road trip and he could remain out until after the NHL's Christmas recess, if not longer. Hopefully the team will provide an update on the Minnesota native's status after he has been fully evaluated by medical professionals.
Pitlick left Monday's road game against the Blues with an undisclosed injury and will not return. Pitlick exited the game after a big collision with Jori Lehtera during the second period, and the team has not provided any specifics on the area of the injury or the severity of it to this point. It's a shame to see the promising 24-year-old go down especially while he was enjoying a nice stretch recently, notching a point in three of his last four games.
Pitlick registered an assist and a shot in 12:01 of ice time in Sunday's win over Winnipeg. The depth winger has points in back-to-back games and is up to six goals and nine points on the season. The 25-year-old has already set career-high marks in goals, assists, shots, and games played. That makes it hard to know what his ceiling is. It's not too high, but it's possible he manages to keep producing at this level. That would put him on pace for 18 goals.
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