Breaking: Tyler Pitlick Out 4 Weeks With Left Wrist Tear
Of all the things Tyler Pitlick hoped to take with him from Dallas to Philadelphia, injury concern probably wasn't one of them. After missing two months (February and March of 2019) after surgery on his left wrist, Flyers forward Tyler Pitlick has once again suffered an injury to his left wrist. This official tweet from the Flyers pretty much sums it up:
That timeline puts Pitlick on track to be ready for the Flyers regular season opener on October 4th. However, it means Pitlick will likely miss all of training camp. Not only does that hurt his chance to make a case for the Flyers vacancy at third line wing, but it opens up another spot for a kid to impress.
Many people have Pitlick slotted in as the Flyers fourth-line right wing, with one prospect making the team on line three at wing. So this injury probably doesn't impact a high end prospect like Morgan Frost or Joel Farabee, since either making this team in the top nine or they're not making it at all.
Rather, Pitlick's injury may be good news for players like Mikhail Vorobyev, Nicholas Aubé-Kubel, or even German Rubtsov. These players could make the team on the Flyers fourth line, maybe even stealing Pitlick's job. Before, it was seen as only one prospect could make the team. Now, there's a chance for a second to steal a job if they knock the socks off the coaching staff in camp, a chance Pitlick won't get.
This could turn out like Andrew MacDonald's injury last summer - the player could return to their original spot, perhaps even a little bit ahead of schedule. But the door is now open a little bit wider for those hoping to make a splash in training camp.