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Then and Now: Mika Pyorala

Mika Pyorala was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2009. Even though the Finn never played a game in the NHL, the Flyers believed Pyorala proved himself enough in the SM-liiga and Elitserien to earn a shot in North America. With a cap hit of $500,000 for the 2009-2010 season, Pekka Rinne’s brother-in-law posted pretty decent numbers for the Flyers and the Phantoms. In his 36 games with the Orange and Black, Pyorala had two goals and two assists. His first goal as a Flyer was important, as he potted one in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on November …

Prospect Profiles: Joacim Eriksson

photo courtesy of flyers.nhl.com Position: Goalie Catches: Right Height: 6.2? Weight: 187 Birth date: April 9, 1990 Age: 21 Hometown: Gavle, Sweden Acquired: 2008 7th round pick – 196 overall “Our scouts have been very impressed with his poise and technical ability, and think he will only continue to get better.” – Flyers Director of Hockey Operations, Chris Pryor Joacim Eriksson was a member ofthe Brynas IF junior system during his draft season of 2007-2008. He spent the year split between their J18 (under 18) and J20 (under 20) junior teams. Eriksson was the starting goalie for the J18 team. …

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