Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has claimed forward Rem Pitlick off waivers from the Nashville Predators.
Pitlick, 24 (4/2/97), tallied two assists in 10 games with Nashville last season and recorded 10 points (8-2=10) in eight games with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League (AHL). The 5-foot-11, 196-pound forward collected 36 points (20-16=36), 40 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-8 rating in 63 games with Milwaukee in 2019-20. He ranked T-1st among AHL rookies in power-play goals (10), fifth in goals and T-10th in scoring. Pitlick made his NHL debut with the Predators at Minnesota on March 25, 2019. He owns two assists in 11 career NHL games.
Pitlick played three seasons at University of Minnesota (2016-19) and recorded 108 points (47-61=108) and 84 PIM in 112 games. He led Minnesota in scoring in 2018-19 with 45 points (21-24=45) in 38 games. Pitlick ranked third in the Big Ten and T-6th in the NCAA in scoring and was named First Team All-Big Ten and a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He registered 89 points (46-43=89) and 74 PIM in 56 games in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2015-16. Pitlick led the USHL in goals, assists and points and was named the 2015-16 USHL Player of the Year and Forward of the Year. He played three seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s from 2011-14. His dad, Lance, was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in the ninth round (180th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft and played in 393 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers (1994-2002).
Pitlick was selected by Nashville in the third round (76th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He will wear sweater No. 16 with Minnesota.
(info courtesy of Wild, photo courtesy of Gopher Sports)