Thread: Mika Pyörälä
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09-25-2009, 04:10 PM
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Tony Piscotta
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Stevens' assessment

About a week old but here was Stevens' assessment of him - taken from the Flyers' website.

“It seems like he’s well rounded at both ends of the rink, he’s got a skill level where he can make plays,” he said. “We’ve used him killing penalties and he’s done a good job there, and we’ve used him a little bit on the power play.

“He seems like a lot of the Finnish guys where they can play in a lot of different situations. This is my first time seeing him and we’re pleasantly surprised.”

While he’s looked good in practice, Stevens thinks Pyorala has to be a little bit more intuitive during game action.

“I think the game gets revved up a little bit and you have to do things a little bit quicker, but for any hockey player when you have hesitation it’s not good. You want to react and push the pace all the time and do things instinctively, and if you have to think or hesitate than it’s probably already too late.”

Yes, he indeed had the game winner in a 2-1 OT win last night against New Jersey.

The local newspapers seem to be impressed so it'll be interesting to see how things pan out.

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