With Chris Conner expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks following hand surgery, the Penguins claimed left winger Taylor Pyatt (above) off waivers from the Rangers.
Pyatt, 32, has appeared in 22 games this season and has one assist. A first-round pick in 1999, Pyatt has spent parts of 13 seasons in the NHL with the Islanders, Sabres, Canucks, Coyotes and Rangers. In 825 career games, Pyatt has 276 career points (136 goals, 140 assists).
Pyatt (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) is in the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.55 million according to CapGeek.com.
His most productive NHL season came in 2006-07. As a member of the Canucks, the Thunder Bay, Ont. native appeared in 76 games ans cored 37 points (23 goals, 14 assists).
The brother of Lightning center Tom Pyatt and the son of former Red Wings/Capitals/Rockies center Nelson Pyatt, Taylor Pyatt took a leave of absence from the Canucks late in the 2008-09 season when his fiance was killed in an automobile accident.
While with the Sabres, Pyatt played with current Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill. While with the Coyotes, Pyatt played with current Penguins center Andrew Ebbett.
EN Says: Considering the Penguins had limited options for the third line even prior to injuries to Conner, Ebbett and Jayson Megna and others, this is a solid move. Pyatt brings two things this roster is missing in regards to the third line - health and size.
Pyatt also bring some versatility as he can play both wings, a decent set of wheels for a bigger player and a fair defensive game. He has averaged 1:35 of short-handed ice time this season. With Pascal Dupuis injured long term, Pyatt could pick up some of his minutes.
He has a little bit of skill near the cage as well:
While no one will confuse him with Bruins power forward Milan Lucic, Pyatt will throw the body around.
Despite his size and willingness to hit, Pyatt isn't exactly much of a fighter as evidenced by the fact he only has 12 career regular season fights in his career. Some Penguins fans may recall Pyatt being injured during a fight with Deryk Engelland in 2010-11:
Consistency has been an issue for Pyatt throughout his career.
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