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Taylor Pyatt had a good season. But his spot on the roster looks precarious.
With the addition of Benoit Pouliot—a similar player with much more offensive upside—Pyatt is going to have to find a way to stay on the team.
Pouliot scored eight goals and had 12 assists last season. He's a big body who can play in all situations, even the power play. Pyatt is a bit more one-dimensional. He's excellent in the corners and along the wall, but he had just 11 points last season.
Personally, I like Pyatt. He's the type of guy you win with. But Pouliot has more offensive skill than Pyatt, while also giving you the size and toughness along the wall.
In a perfect world, the Rangers would keep both. And with injuries to Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan, Pyatt will start the season with the team.
But once Hagelin and Callahan come back, it might be too hard for Pyatt to stay on the team. There may be a role for him on the fourth line, but if he struggles, then that spot could be taken by Jesper Fast or Oscar Lindberg.
The addition of Pouliot makes it tougher for Pyatt to stay on the roster, even though he can be a very valuable player. It's just a numbers game.