EDMONTON OILERS SIGN GOALTENDER BRYAN PITTONThe Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Bryan Pitton to a three-year NHL entry level contract.
The 6’2”, 176 pound goaltender completed his third season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Brampton Battalion, registering a career-best 2.54 goals-against average. Pitton combined with Patrick Killeen to establish a new team record for fewest goals against in a season as the Battalion’s goaltending duo allowed only 187 goals over the course of the 68-game OHL regular season schedule. The 187 goals against were the fourth fewest allowed in the OHL.
The 20-year-old native of Brampton, Ontario appeared in 39 games with the Battalion in 2007-08 and was 22-13-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and an OHL leading four shutouts. Besides tying for the OHL lead in shutouts, Pitton was also ranked among the league leaders in GAA (6th), save percentage (9th), and wins (11th).
The Oilers’ third choice (fifth round) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Pitton made his OHL debut with Brampton in 2005-06 and tied the team record for most wins in a season by a rookie with a 16-4-0 record and a 3.43 goals-against average in 24 games. He made a team record 61 appearances in 2006-07 and also set team records for minutes played (3,494), most starts (60) and most consecutive starts (19).
In three seasons with Brampton, Pitton compiled a 64-46-6 record in 124 games with a 3.22 goals-against average, a .894 save percentage and four shutouts.