2005-06: Tyrell played his first full season for the Prince George Cougars in the WHL after appearing in one game in 2004-05. He scored 7 goals with 11 assists and was -3 with 44 PIM in 69 games for the Cougars and was scoreless and -3 with 2 PIM in five games in the WHL playoffs.
2006-07: Tyrell was the most consistent member of a veteran-laden Cougars team that underachieved during the regular season and then proceeded to upset both Kamloops and Everett in the WHL playoffs. Tyrell scored 30 goals with 26 assists and was +4 with 51 PIM playing a high-energy style and appearing in all 72 games. Tyrell led the Cougars with 16 power play goals and also had two short-handed goals and four game-winners. In the playoffs, he scored 1 goal (on the power play) with 6 assists and was -2 with 4 PIM in 15 games.
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2007-08: Tyrell spent most of the season playing center for the Prince George Cougars (WHL). In 68 games with the Cougars, he scored 25 goals with 40 assists and 27 PIM. Tyrell led the Cougars with 13 power play goals and his career-low -26 plus/minus was at least partially attributable to playing on a Prince George team that won just 20 games. Tyrell finished the season with Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate Norfolk. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +1 with 6 PIM in 11 games with the Admirals.
2008-09: Tyrell was off to the best start of his junior career before suffering a knee injury in December while playing for Canada’s WJC team in an exhibition game against Sweden. The injury required surgery and ended his season. In 30 games with Prince George, he scored 19 goals (seven on the power play), with 40 assists and was -22 with 27 PIM. He also had three short-handed goals for the Cougars.
2009-10: Tyrell had a slow start in his first year of pro hockey with Norfolk but was one of the Admiral’s top forwards in the second half of the season. Likely due to his long recovery from the knee injury, he had just nine assists in the first 36 games of the season before finishing with a flourish. Following the Admirals’ mid-season coaching change, Tyrell finished with 9 goals and 27 assists and was a team-best +9 with 22 PIM in 74 games.
Tyrell is a two-way forward with a high level of dedication and a commitment to off-ice conditioning. He does not play a physical or abrasive style but has play-making ability and is capable of scoring goals - he was especially effective on the power play during his junior days. A bit undersized at the pro level, Tyrell is strong on his skates and has good hockey instincts though he is sometimes inconsistent in his defensive play. Tyrell can play either center or wing.
Tyrell is one of a handful of young players in contention for a lower line role with the Lightning in camp this season. More likely to start the season in Norfolk, he could see time in Tampa Bay as an injury call-up at sometime. Long-range, Tyrell projects as a solid two-way forward, in either a second or third line capacity, depending on how his offensive game develops.