Brothers and OHL grads Taylor and Tom Pyatt have both left the National Hockey League to play in Switzerland’s National League A for Geneve-Servette. Joining the Pyatt brothers are two other Ontario Hockey League alumni in Paul Ranger and Matt D’Agostini. It has to fare well for Geneve-Servette with four new players on the roster, fresh out of the NHL. In fact, between the four, they bring nearly 1,750 NHL regular season games to the table.
Pyatt played three years in the OHL from 1997-98 to 1999-00, all with the Sudbury Wolves. It was the Wolves who selected him fourth overall at the 1997 OHL Priority Selection. Two years later, Taylor was a first round pick once more. This time, it was the New York Islanders taking him eighth overall at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Between 2000-01 and 2013-14, Pyatt appeared in 859 regular season games in the NHL with the Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also appeared in 69 Stanley Cup playoff games, adding 24 more points. In 2013-14, Taylor played 22 games for the Rangers and 34 with the Penguins. He is signed with Geneve-Servette for the 2014-15 NLA season.
The younger son of OHL and NHL alumnus Nelson Pyatt, Tom played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07, all with the Saginaw Spirit. Tom was a second round pick by the Spirit at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, 21st overall. He was taken two years later by the New York Rangers at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft as a fourth round pick, 107th overall.
Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, Tom played 245 regular season games in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. Over that time, he scored 27 and assisted on 27. Over 26 playoff games, Pyatt totalled four points. He is signed with Geneve-Servette for 2014-15 with an option for 2015-16.
Ranger played four years with the Oshawa Generals from 2000-01 to 2003-04. Paul was a second round pick by the Generals at the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, 29th overall. Two years later, Ranger was a sixth round pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 183rd overall.
Paul has played pro since 2004-05 in the AHL and NHL. However, he missed both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons due to injury. Over his NHL career, Ranger has played 323 regular season games, scoring 24 and assisting on 82 for 103 points. Paul has played just eleven games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In 2013-14, Ranger played 53 games for the Maple Leafs, scoring six and assisting on eight. He is signed with Geneve-Servette through the 2015-16 NLA season.
D’Agostini played two years in the Ontario Hockey League, 2004-05 and 2005-06, with the Guelph Storm. He was a walkon with the Storm and was drafted to the NHL after just his first season. The Montreal Canadiens took him in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 190th overall. Matt has played pro hockey since 2006-07 in the AHL, NHL and Germany’s 2.Bundesliga.
Between 2007-08 and 2013-14, D’Agostini played 321 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Over that time, he scored 52 and assisted on 55 for 107 points. He has played just seven games in the Stanley Cup playoffs with just a single goal to show for it.
In 2013-14, Matt played eight games with Pittsburgh and 49 with Buffalo. He is signed with Geneve-Servette for the 2014-15 season.
The team was promoted to the National League A for the 2002-03 season after winning the NLB championship in 2001-02 and earning the promotion. Since, Geneve-Servette has been to the NLA finals twice, 2007-08 and 2009-10, but have been denied a victory. In 2013-14, the team placed fourth in the 12 team league over the 50 game schedule and fell in the semi-finals.
Geneve-Servette plays home games at Les Vernets in Geneva, Switzerland. The venue was opened in 1958 and seats 7,200 for hockey.