Center Antti Tyrvainen, who missed the season opening two-game series at Lake Erie, is expected to return to the lineup Friday night when the Barons play their home opener against San Antonio.
Tyrvainen, from Finland, played in 55 games with the Barons last season.
“He gets underneath other team’s skin,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “That’s what we’re looking for from him… But he also has pretty good hands and shoots the puck quickly. But his game is playing gritty, finishing his checks, going out there being a pest.”
Tyrvainen, 24, scored 19 points, including six goals, last season. Scoring is a bonus. Tyrvainen realizes his role is to play physical.
“This is my second year,” Tyrvainen said. “I’m feeling good. I had a good summer. I’m excited. I hope to get more ice time and play my own game which is why they signed me here.”
Nelson said he plans to put Tyrvainen on a line with Mark Arcobello and Tyler Pitlick but Nelson will constantly mix lines.