On July 1, 2009 the Habs acquired Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto in exchange for Chris Higgins, Doug Janik, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko. Fans around the world were furious and made comments that Bob Gainey should be fired, Gainey = Non- Playoff contender. Well many people weren’t aware of one man who has involved in this deal Tom Pyatt. Pyatt, 24, played a total of 115 games in the AHL before coming over to Montreal and never made a NHL appearance. During Pyatt’s time in Montreal he has played in 101 NHL games and only 41 AHL games, a big improvement before coming over on July 1st.
Tom Pyatt is not a big guy, but at 5’11” and 187 pounds he plays with heart and soul. Pyatt’s main weapons is his ability to play a two-way forward game, block shots, work hard in the corners and his speed is very underestimated by many around the league. Tom Pyatt has an older brother Taylor (Pyatt) who is much bigger at 6’3″ 226 pounds, plays a more effective role in the physicality department but doesn’t have that speed that his younger brother has and it is something Habs like a lot. Tom Pyatt has racked up 4 goals, 8 assists in 101 games thus far in his career. A fourth line role that Pyatt takes for granted night in and night out in which he gives 100% on every 30 – 45 second shift. A solid hockey player that Don Cherry would rave about during Coach’s Corner.
Pyatt has played exceptionally well during this year’s playoffs and has really showed many of fans who he is and what he is capable of something Ben Maxwell didn’t accomplish here in Montreal.
Way to go Tommy…