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Steve Pinizzotto, a player traded months ago in the Ryan Martindale swap, has been a huge part of the Barons success down the stretch. Not necessarily known for his “dig deep” play offensively, Pinizzotto has manged to keep his squad above reproach, and that’s an amazing feat given the circumstances that the Oilers farm team has found themselves in.
In the same vein of a Gazdic or a Steve Ott, Pinizzotto is a hockey player cut from the cloth of rough and tumble. He has speed and quality stick work, and this makes his offensive giftedness an asset to the Barons. Of the twelve NHL games he’s tallied in his career he earned 29 penalty minutes, and that was with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013. Since then he’s been property of the Florida Panthers until the trade deadline approached, and he became a baby Oiler.
He has played some good minutes for Oklahoma City notching sixteen points in 27 games. It’s the ninety penalty minutes that give off the impression that he is a force to be reckoned with. Indeed, he is.
He will join Will Acton in the lineup as an emergency recall. He probably squeezes in on the right wing with Smyth and Gordon, a spot held recently by Tyler Pitlick. Anxious to see how Pinizzotto manages his time in the big leagues.