Have we potentially seen the last of Rem Pitlick in Minnesota? The Minnesota Wild placed the young forward on waivers this morning in a move that would allow the other 31 NHL teams to potentially snag him off waivers.
A few things to think about here are the fact that if Pitlick is claimed by another team that isn’t Nashville, that team would only be able to keep him on the NHL roster and if they decided to move him to the taxi squad or AHL, he would have to be subsequently placed back on waivers to allow that kind of move.
The Wild claimed the former Gopher off waivers at the beginning of the season and he went on an absolute tear most notably scoring not only his first NHL goal but first NHL hat trick against the Seattle Kraken on November 13th. Pitlick also scored perhaps one of the luckiest goals of his career in the Winter Classic by having a puck bounce off of a Blues players stick, off Binnington’s head and in the goal.
Of course, if Pitlick clears waivers, the Wild will have the option of sending him to the Taxi Squad or to the Iowa Wild.
Pitlick currently has 6 goals and 5 assists in 20 games this season.
Another reason for the move could be to move Pitlick to the Taxi Squad in order to not only make room for Jordan Greenway way who could be returning by Fridays matchup with the Anaheim Ducks but could also signal that rookie Matt Boldy could be seeing some more NHL time for the foreseeable future.
Boldy, who made his NHL debut last week against the Boston Bruins, scored his first NHL goal and also put on display his overall playmaking abilities. Before being recalled to Minnesota, Boldy had 10 points in 10 games with Iowa since returning from his ankle injury sustained in the pre-season.
*Stats/Info from NHL.com