Oilers Agree to Terms With Forwards Lennart Petrell and Antti Tyrvainen
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent forwards Lennart Petrell and Antti Tyrvainen on entry-level contracts, one-year and two-years respectively.
Petrell, 27, just completed his seventh season with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, scoring 35 points (13G, 22A) in 56 games.
Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2004, Petrell has played in 350 career games with HIFK Helsinki, collecting 161 points (76G, 85A) and 415 penalty minutes.
The 6’3”, 220-pound Helsinki, Finland native participated in the 2008 Karjala Cup and also played in five games with Team Finland at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, helping the team to a Bronze medal.
Tyrvainen, 22, just completed his third year with the Lahti Pelicans of the Finnish Elite League, recording 23 points (14G, 9A) in 52 games.
The 5’11”, 200-pound Seinajoki, Finland native has played in 89 career games with the Pelicans, collecting 22 goals and 12 assists for 34 points as well as 271 penalty minutes.
Tyrvainen also has some international experience representing Finland in the 2007 Under-18 World Hockey Championship, notching one assist and four penalty minutes in six games played.
Nice to see some of our more physical players to go to North America and try to get a spot on the big league. Hopefully we see some fights from them. Also have to say that these signings weaken already weak situation when it comes to physical hockey/fighting.
Petrell is a big guy who's been one of the best power forward in FEL over the last few years. He had a couple of fights while playing here, for example in his rookie season he fought with tough guy Jani "Militsiya" Honkanen.
Tyrväinen is also a good power forward with a smallish frame. He's also more of a pest, but he also drops his gloves occasionally, at least in Finland. He led FEL in PIMs last season with 186. In Finnish hockey fight site Nyrkkiä Leukaperiin! he's been chosen as the rookie of the year (2010), cheap shot artist of the year (2011), the most entertaining player of the year (2011) and best power forward of the year (2011)
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