The St. Louis Blues have invited forward Tyler Pitlick to their training camp for a pro tryout, the club announced Thursday.
Pitlick, 30, split the 2021-22 season between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens, scoring one goal and five points in 39 games.
Selected by the Seattle Kraken of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2021 expansion draft, Pitlick didn’t last long in the Pacific Northwest. The Kraken almost immediately returned the 6’2″ right winger to the Flames in exchange for a 2022 fourth-round selection.
Pitlick started the 2021-22 season with the Flames but struggled to produce and stay healthy. He had just two assists and 19 shots on goal in 25 games with the Flames before being included in Tyler Toffoli’s deal with Montreal in February.
Injured at the time of the trade, Pitlick didn’t make his debut with the Canadiens until March 24. He eventually scored his first goal of the season in his final game, scoring the 10th goal for the Canadiens in their blowout 10-2 win over Florida. Panthers on April 29.
Prior to his difficult year with the Flames and Canadiens, Pitlick was a strong defensive forward in the last six with the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes. In 325 career NHL regular season games, Pitlick has scored 48 goals and 89 points.
Pitlick will now look to break through a Blues attacking group that already includes Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O’Reilly, Jordan Kyrou, Robert Thomas, Brayden Schenn, Pavel Buchnevich, Brandon Saad, Ivan Barbashev and Logan Brown.
Moreover, the Blues have already signed forwards Noel Acciari, Martin Frk, Matthew Highmore, Josh Leivo and Anthony Angello in the summer.