At TSN, Scott Cullen looks at the Rangers signing of Taylor Pyatt and writes, “A big winger who isn’t fast enough or nasty enough to make the most of his physical gifts, 30-year-old Taylor Pyatt is nonetheless capable of playing a third or fourth-line role.”
He notes that Pyatt will be able to replace the minutes that Ruslan Fedotenko played for the Rangers.
He had 9 goals and 10 assists last season and he is from the same town, Thunder Bay, Ontario, as Marc Staal.
His former teammate Alex Burrows said of Pyatt in 2009, “We need that big body back in the lineup. He’s strong along the boards and I’m sure he is going to contribute big time.”
On Pyatt, Canucks blog Pass It To Bulis writes “Pyatt found his legs in Phoenix, playing a third-line role that seems to fit him better than the top-six expectations did in Vancouver. He was re-signed by the Coyotes after his first season and is now in his third year with the club. Pyatt has 3 goals and 1 assist so far in the playoffs, but his role is mainly defensive: his line starts the bulk of their shifts in the defensive zone, with Pyatt starting just 35.7% of his shifts in the offensive zone.”
In another post, they write of Pyatt, “He’s a big body with decent defensive skill and the ability to occasionally chip in offensively. Yes, for the love of all that is good, keep him off the first unit powerplay, but Pyatt would be an acceptable depth winger. Plus he’s still got the best set of baby blues in hockey.”
At the time he was drafted, 8th overall in 1999, Islanders GM Mike Milbury said to the Daily News, “Pyatt is as good a skater as there was in the draft. He’ll be the best skater at our training camp and he brings good size and finish.”
The man who picked Pyatt for the Islanders was “draft guru” Gordie Clark.
Adam Rotter: I think Pyatt has a chance to replace Brandon Prust as Brian Boyle‘s wingman both in the bottom six and on the PK. They are both hard workers, have size and willing to play in the dirty areas. Both players are used to starting their shifts in the defensive zone as well.
Hopefully Pyatt can knock in between 12-15 goals and get somewhere close to 30 points and help the Rangers become a deeper team, which is something that John Tortorella wanted to accomplish in the offseason.