It has been a long, hard road to the NHL for Tyler Pitlick, but the Edmonton Oilers are not ready to give up on their second pick after Taylor Hall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On Thursday, the Oilers announced they had come to terms on a one-year deal with Pitlick, who has yet to break into the league on a full-time basis since being selected 31st overall in the draft that started the Oilers rebuild.

The Oilers also announced they came to terms with defenceman Brandon Davidson on a one-year contract.

A lacerated spleen set Pitlick, 23, back last season, forcing him to miss half of the year. Pitlick finished the season with two goals and four penalty minutes in 17 games with the Oilers, still trying to establish himself as a regular.

The previous season, Pitlick played 10 games, scoring a goal with the Oilers, but a knee injury set him back.