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Blake Chester Pietila (born February 20, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pietila was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Blake Pietila
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Born (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 26)
Milford, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
San Diego Gulls (AHL)
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 129th overall, 2011
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2015–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Pietila played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Detroit Compuware minor ice hockey team.[1]

Pietila, of Finnish descent through his grandfather,[2] played collegiate hockey with Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. After his four-year college career was completed after his senior season in 2014–15, Pietila, who was the captain, was signed to a two-year entry level contract with the New Jersey Devils on May 27, 2015.[3]

In his debut professional season in 2015–16, Pietila was initially reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils. He later made his NHL debut for the Devils on March 24, 2016, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded his first NHL goal on March 31, 2016, against the Florida Panthers with only 5.1 seconds remaining in a 3-2 loss.[4]

On July 26, 2017, the Devils re-signed Pietila to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.335 million and $667,000 annually.[5]

On July 2, 2019, Pietila left the Devils organization after four seasons as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 U.S. National Development Team USHL 28 5 3 8 27
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 4 5 9 20
2011–12 Michigan Tech WCHA 39 10 14 24 46
2012–13 Michigan Tech WCHA 35 14 10 24 44
2013–14 Michigan Tech WCHA 39 8 20 28 84
2014–15 Michigan Tech WCHA 40 14 16 30 56
2015–16 Albany Devils AHL 58 10 7 17 41 8 3 3 6 8
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 1 1 2 2
2016–17 Albany Devils AHL 49 17 16 33 38 4 0 2 2 0
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 10 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Binghamton Devils AHL 60 12 10 22 26
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Binghamton Devils AHL 50 20 26 46 42
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 0 1 1 6
NHL totals 38 1 3 4 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U17   6 1 0 1 2
2011 United States WJC18   6 1 0 1 0
2013 United States WJC   7 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 19 2 2 4 2

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ Blake, niitä Michiganin Pietilöitä (in Finnish) Jatkoaika.com
  3. ^ "Devils sign prospects Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila". New Jersey Devils. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  4. ^ Chere, Rich (April 1, 2016). "Blake Pietila wishes first NHL goal was more important to Devils". NJ.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Devils sign forward Blake Pietila to a two-year, two-way contract". New Jersey Devils. July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ducks sign Poturalski and Pietila to one-year contracts". Anaheim Ducks. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "All-WCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-04-13.

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