Hey guys. I am a Flyers fan and I am trying to get some info on him, other then highlights. What do you guys see in him? Could he play 3rd maybe in 2nd line on the Flyers. Our lineups are constantly different, but here might be some assumption.
To fill in those slots we have Lappiere, Pyörälä, and maybe moving one of our 4th guys up or a rookie. Can he play next to Carter? Would he be fine next to Giroux or is he just a 4th line guy on the Flyers? Any info would be great!
He is 3rd/4th line quy. Ocassinally he could play in 2nd line, but his offensive talent is not enough to play there regulary. He is not enough constant point scorer for NHL level. Sometimes he fades away to the point it is hard to notice him on the ice. Always plays his defense and works hard.
Thanks guys. So far he is doing really well at camp. Alot of us hope he makes it.
The first thing you need to know about Finnish winger Mika Pyorala is how to pronounce his name.
Phonetically, he said, it’s “Peir-rella.”
The second thing you need to know about the 28-year-old from Oulu, Finland, is that he caught the coaching staff’s eyes Sunday afternoon during two-on-two corner drills where he demonstrated surprising strength at just 5-foot-11 and 169 pounds.
“He is a very conditioned athlete,” said coach John Stevens. “He’s a compacted-built guy, who is strong on the puck. His fitness scores are excellent… (he is) a very well-rounded player who has a skill level to make some strong plays along the wall and contribute offensively.”
And that may be why Stevens has had him on the wing with Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell during training camp scrimmages. That line may play Wednesday in Detroit when the Flyers open preseason.
Well so far he has looked... average. Thats not a knock on him though. Our team has been doing pretty bad. You can see flashes of his skill throughout the game but you can tell he needs to get used to the NHL rink. I think he still will have a chance to start next to Carter-Hartnell. They were the best line in camp, but once preseason started, they put him next to Giroux-Briere. His playing style fits Carts-Harts alot better. All together out of 10 Id rate him a 6. He never makes any mistakes, which you need on a team. He does make some nice passes also. Most of us like him though.
How has his defensive game looked like? Many fans don't see it like for example the coaches.
If Stevens sends this guy to the minors he is more stupid than I thought Let's see...
Very good. Always the first forward back and plays very solidly. At the moment, we have1 problem in we might have to keep only one of JVR or Pyorala. We hope they keep both.
Oh and Gabranth, if he is just a fourth line guy or ahl guy, our team is in deep shyt. He has been on of the better forwards on the team, hence why he is playing next to Richards, Giroux, and Carter. He has 3 points in 4 games, 3rd/4th place on the team (We have one guy with 5 points, and two guys with 4 points)
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.
Well, first season game today for the Flyers. Pyorala made the starting lineup, and is playing next to Gagne-Richards on the second line. He has 4 points this preseason (I think in 5 games) and has played very well (also was second on the team in points, tied with accouple other players). He scored 2 goals on 2 of the best goalies in the league both snipers in the upper corner. Some of us didnt know he had such good accuracy.
I already warned that he is 4th liner/Ahl guy... and right now he is standing at ZERO points
Hardly a 4th liner - he had quite a bit of ice time against both New Jersey and Washington. And it's funny to listen to North American announcers try and pronounce his name - I don't think I've heard it pronounced the same way by two announcers yet.