by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of LaPresse.ca.
Erik Karlsson wasn’t the only player the Penguins obtained in their blockbuster three team trade with Montreal and San Jose this past weekend. Rem Pitlick, a 26 year old center from Montreal, also joins the team in this deal. He is the son of former NHL defenseman, Lance Pitlick.
Pitlick was a big scorer at the University of Minnesota before being drafted in the 3rd round by the Nashville Predators during the 2016 NHL Draft. After 2 seasons in Nashville, he was claimed off waivers by his hometown Minnesota Wild. He played 20 games for the Wild before being traded to Montreal during the 2021-2022 season, a season where he set career high in goals, assists and points (15-22-37). Last season, he split time between Montreal and Laval playing 46 NHL games and scoring 15 points.
At 5’11” 196 lbs., Pitlick is a true grinder who might make his mark on the Pens' 4th line. He plays larger than his size and has energy to play a solid defensive game. He has the potential to play on higher lines and has the scoring touch and playmaking abilities to make it work. Has the versatility to play either wing as well as center.
Worst case scenario for the Pens is Pitlick will give the organization some depth at Wilkes-Barre, where he will be available for a call-up when needed. GM Kyle Dubas has done an excellent job bringing in bottom-six depth, and Pitlick should add to that.