Tyler Kennedy broke into the pro ranks with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 2006-07 season. Pittsburgh’s fourth round pick (99th overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft, Kennedy posted an impressive 37 points (12+25) in 40 games with WBS before his season was derailed due to injury.
The former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound was back in good form as the 2007-08 season started, and he posted five points (3+2) in Wilkes-Barre’s first two games of the season. He received his first recall to the big club in late October, and after some quick shuffling between NEPA and Pittsburgh, he found a permanent place in the Burgh (aside from a short rehab stint with WBS in early February).
Kennedy spent the next five seasons suiting up for Pittsburgh, and played a part in the Pens capturing the Stanley Cup in 2008-09 with five goals in 24 postseason games.
Kennedy was traded to San Jose on June 30, 2013 for a second round draft choice. He appeared in 92 games with the NHL Sharks, and three with Worcester, over the next two seasons, posting just 26 points at the NHL level. He was shipped to the New York Islanders for a conditional draft choice at the 2015 NHL trade deadline.