Wild winger Rem Pitlik has been a bright spot for the team amid some early-season success.
Since claiming a waiver during training camp, Pittlick has produced 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 16 games with Wilde. His most memorable moment came last month when he scored a hat-trick during their November 13 win over the Seattle Kraken.
Still, as productive as the 24-year-old Pitlik has been this season, he’s spent the past few weeks watching what looks to be a healthy scratch from the press box. Wilde has extended the length of absence by postponing some games last week due to a growing number of COVID cases affecting the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers
How tough has it been for Pitlik?
“I’m a human,” said Pitlik. “I want to play. I’m going to leave it at that.”
That said, Pitlik is no stranger to sitting outside for long periods of time. He was a member of the taxi squad with the Nashville Predators last season, which means he had to be ready to play at a moment’s notice, even though he rarely played in actual games.
“It’s something I’m used to,” Pitlik said. “I don’t want to make it a habit. But I’m used to it. I’ll be ready.”
If all goes according to plan, Pittlick will return to the lineup on Monday night when Wilde takes on the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. When asked what the coaching staff told him about his game, Pittlick replied, “To be honest, I would prefer not to comment on that. It’s something we’re going to keep internal.”
Although he would not go into detail on the subject, Pittlick did mention how the coaching staff wanted him to take a different approach in certain areas of his game. He has been a little too circumspect with his game in recent times.
“Always developing as a player,” Pitlik said. “I will continue to be myself. I am confident about some of what I have done. I will continue to bring those things. But what the coaching staff told me and showed in the video, I am going to bring that too ”
It will be interesting to see how Pitlik sees things when Wild takes on the stars. He clearly knows what the coaching staff wants to see from him. Now it is up to him to prove himself once again.
“We all have ideas in life,” Pitlik said. “That’s what makes life cool. There are so many different ways to look at it. They look at it a certain way. I’m going to try to mix it up my game and still keep my sense of myself and I How do I see the game?