As the AHL season winds down, the story on the young OKC prospects has some interesting final chapters. Among the most interesting is Antti Tyrvainen. Undrafted and stick in Oklahoma City all season, he is less famous among Oilers fans than Lennart Petrell but has age on his side. Is Antti Tyrvainen an NHL prospect?
Tyrvainen (#14, shown with Tanner House) has turned it on since the beginning of March and is closing well. The now 23-year old winger offers grit, hard work and some skill. Oilers signed him in June, a two-year deal so he’ll be back with the organization this fall. The contract is paying him $55,000 for the AHL portion and divides a $90,000 signing bonus over the two seasons. He showed well in the rookie camp and early in the main camp and definitely has some things that will get him noticed–aggressive, good speed, abrasive.
Recently–really after Anton Lander was sent down–Tyrvainen is one of the players who has improved markedly overall and specifically in the boxcars. He scored a SH goal on his 23rd birthday to help his team win and after teaming with the Swede Lander and rookie pro Tanner House the chemistry has been excellent for the trio.
TODD NELSON: “From the start of the season, we knew he (Tyrvainen) had the skills. He plays an abrasive style. He’s playing with confidence now and has good chemistry with his linemates (Lander and House).”
I think it’s interesting to look at the Oiler rookie pro forwards in OKC and what they’ve done in the last 10 games. Callups and injuries have allowed some of them to emerge a little more and the results are very interesting.
- Hunter Tremblay 3-3-6 +5
- Antti Tyrvainen 3-3-6 E
- Tyler Pitlick 1-5-6 +4
- Anton Lander 1-4-5 +2 (has played in 9 games)
- Tanner House 4-0-4 +5
- Ryan Martindale 0-2-2 +1
Interesting. We’ll have all spring to stare at these numbers, but the losses of Brule and O’Marra combined with callups to Hartikainen, VandeVelde, Omark and others have given the AHL rookies a chance to shine. There’s some crust here, and some skill too. Is Antti Tyrvainen an NHL prospect? Yes.