Flyers just signed who? Well his name is Mika Pyorala, and heís someone you should get familiar with. Heís coming over to the NHL after a number of years in the Finnish Leauge (SM-Liiga) followed by two years in the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien). Going undrafted many years ago, the talented Pyorala is already 28 and looking to make an NHL roster.
Sometimes itís hard to nab star players like this from other top foreign leagues such as the SEL or KHL because life here in North America is tough. Thereís a higher level of competition and less money for those that arenít exactly superstars. Instead they could stay where they are and reap the benefits of lesser competition. Thatís why itís very likely that the Finnish two-way star of the SEL has likely signed a one-way contract. Heís coming to Philadelphia to make the roster.
That doesnít mean that this signing is necessarily a bad thing. Pyorala finished 12th in total scoring and 9th in goals this season with a total of 21 goals and 22 assists for TimrŚ IK
of the Elitserien. The best thing about him though may just be his two way play. He is a guy that can rack up penalty kill time against NHL competition in the World Championships for Finland. He played on the top line against some of the best the league has to offer. He can certainly hang with the NHL players. He wonít be a star here, but that doesnít mean his skills canít go a long way.
Originally he was a feisty two-way checker, but has found some offensive abilities. Because of this many teams were interested in acquiring his services, and of course the Flyers won the bid. Terms of the contract are currently unavailable, but if this kid plays wing for the Flyers I have no doubt he will be a solid pick up. Once again the Flyers still seem to have not found a face off centerman. While Pyorala is a center for TimrŚ IK
he is not spectacular at faceoffs with a 44% win rate last season. Hopefully the Flyers put him at LW where he can be effective.
if u scroll down about halfway there is videos posted of him