Antti Tyrvainen
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Antti Tyrvainen


Seinajoki Finland

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Free agent signing, 2011


198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Antti Tyrvainen made his pro debut as a 19-year-old, appearing in five regular season games and one playoff contest for Pelicans Lahti in Finland's SM-Liiga. He had no points or penalties and was -1 in limited ice time for the Pelicans. Tyrvainen led the Pelicans U20 team with 104 PMs and scored 9 goals with 9 assists in 27 games. He had no points with 29 PMs in three playoff games.

2009-10: Tyrvainen split the season between Pelicans Lahti in the SM-Liiga and HeKi in Mestis (Finland's second league). Tyrvainen was third on the Pelicans with 85 PMs despite skating in just 32 games and finished +6 on a team that finished twelfth in the league and allowed 31 more goals than it scored. Offensively, he scored 8 goals with 3 assists. In 25 games with HeKi he scored 10 goals with 9 assists and had a team-high 73 PMs. Tyrvainen scored 2 goals with 2 assists and 8 PMs in four games with Pelicans U20 team.

2010-11: Tyrvainen led the SM-Liiga with 186 penalty minutes in his first full season with Pelicans. In 52 games for the last place Lahti club he also scored 14 goals with 9 assists and had a -9 plus/minus. Tyrvainen signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton in June 2011.

2011-12: Tyrvainen skated in 55 of 72 games for Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in his first pro season in North America. The Finnish forward provided the physical, energy presence that he displayed in the SM-Liiga and chipped in offensively for the Barons. His 71 penalty minutes tied him with Kirill Tulupov for third-most on the Barons and he was plus-nine with 6 goals and 13 assists. Oklahoma City finished first in the West Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Tyrvainen skated in all 14 playoff games and was minus-one with 1 assist and 20 penalty minutes.

2012-13: An early season injury kept Tyrvainen out of the lineup for nearly two months in his second season with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City. The abrasive winger scored 3 goals with 2 assists in 32 games and was -1 with 65 penalty minutes. The Barons finished third in the South Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Tyrvainen skated in 16 of 17 playoff games, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists, and was +3 with 28 penalty minutes. He signed a contract to play for Jokerit in Finland in 2013-14 and was tendered a qualifying offer by Edmonton in July 2013, becoming a restricted free agent.


Talent Analysis

Ferocious, relentless, and fearless. Tyrvainen developed a reputation in Finland as a dirty player who played over the edge on a regular basis and hit to hurt. He is not without a modicum of skill, however bringing energy and an undeniable physical presence to bear is what his game is all about and those are the attributes that will take him as far as he manages to go.



After running into a bit of injury trouble during his two North American seasons, Tyrvainen is off to play with Jokerit of the SM-Liiga. The Oilers have retained his rights with a qualifying offer.


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