Born August 19, 1981 (age 30) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Left wing for the Phoenix Coyotes
We wanted to focus on guys from teams we didn’t spotlight last month, and in the course of deciding to spotlight Pyatt, I just now realized it’s his birthday today! He’s the big 3-0 now! Anyway. Pyatt started out playing for the Sudbury Wolves (much like some other guys who hail from Thunder Bay…), playing three seasons there. After his second season, he was drafted eighth overall by the Islanders in the 1999 draft. His first NHL season saw him score 18 points in 78 games, but after that, the Islanders traded him to Buffalo. During the Year That Never Was, he went to Sweden and played for Hammarby IF. Once things were back and running in the NHL, Pyatt spent three seasons with the Sabres and then went to Vancouver. He played on a line with the Sedins and got career highs in goals and points.
In 2008, he took a stick to the face (yowch!) and as a result needed 25 stitches in his upper lip and a mouth splint to hold up his teeth. This injury led him to begin wearing a visor, which he did for the rest of his time with the Canucks. During the 2008-09 season, Pyatt suffered a foot injury, but sadly he also lost his fiancee Carly Bragnalo in a car accident, after which he needed a leave of absence. He showed up for the playoffs that year, but after them, he revealed he needed knee surgery. A UFA as of July 2009, he signed with Phoenix and got to play against his brother Tom (on the Canadiens at the time, but now with the Lightning) for the first time in both their careers! He also recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick during 2009-10 in a game that clinched Phoenix’s first playoff berth in seven seasons. He was re-signed to a two-year contract in June 2010. In this most recent season, he played 76 games, scored 18 goals, got 13 assists and spent 27 penalty minutes. In Phoenix’s playoffs run, he played 4 games and scored one goal, avoiding the box altogether.