Rem Pitlick

Aaron Vickers

Pitlick is a quick winger who is absolutely all over the puck inside the offensive zone. He uses speed and agility to dart in and out of coverage with the puck and create chances. He caches your eye with his ability to move up and down the ice with speed, balance and strength on his edges. Pitlick has glue on his stick blade, and can really make some silky passes and skilled moves. He uses his quick hands to turn defenders around and break free. Pitlick has a stockier build and goes to the grittier areas to dig for the biscuit. The son of former NHLer Lance Pitlick, he has a pretty good wrist shot and takes a rip at the net whenever he can get a look. He’s not much of a physical threat and will not go out of his way to play the body unless it will help him earn possession of the puck. Defensively, he has a ways to go as he will come back into his zone with the play, but rarely engages in defensive work, instead looking to his wingers to win battles before transitioning the play back to the offensive zone. For that, we feel a move to the wing would be wise. While he has already grown—adding four inches and putting on some 25 pounds of healthy weight—and matured into his body, he still needs to add some additional muscle during his time in the NCAA. The University of Minnesota commit was named the USHL Player of the Year this past season. We think he has top-line player upside and will eventually develop into a major point-producer in the professional game.   (May 2016)