Russian Kirill Tyutyayev scores twice in Red Wings' 5-4 win against Stars in Prospects tourney
Red Wings fans know the high-profile, first-round draft picks in the organization.
Then there's Russian winger Kirill Tyutayev, a 2019 seventh-round pick, who played in Belarus last season and has received little attention.
Everyone was talking about Tyutayev after Thursday night's 5-4 Red Wings victory over Dallas in the Prospects Tournament at Traverse City's Centre ICE Arena.
Tyutayev scored two nice goals and initiated another scoring play, firmly establishing himself as a player to be looked at the remainder of this tournament and training camp.
"He's a beauty," said forward Lucas Raymond, the 2020 first-round pick (fourth overall), who also scored a goal. "He's a great guy as well off the ice. Two really nice goals. I'm happy for him.
“He’s a smart player. He’s a bit unpredictable and I can imagine hard to play against.”
Tyutayev, 21 listed at 5-foot-9, 146 pounds, is signed to play with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season.
Playing for Yunost Minsk in Belarus last season, Tyutyayev had 11 goals and 21 assists (32 points) in 43 games.
"He certainly plays bigger," said Ben Simon, the Griffins' coach who is leading the Wings' prospect team in Traverse City. "It’s great for his confidence to be able to get on the scoresheet in the first game, but he’s got to focus on all the areas of his game.
"What type of player he’s going to be at the pro level is yet to be determined, but he’s off on the right foot.”
Tyutayev made a nice play curling off the wall, showing patience with the puck and setting up Chase Pearson's goal.
"He competed hard with and without the puck," Simon said.
Joe Veleno added the Wings' other goal, as the young roster held off a three-goal Dallas rally in the third period.
Most Wings fans were focused on the top line of Veleno, Raymond and Jonatan Berggren (two assists), a line that made its presence felt.
Raymond was playing in his first game since undergoing elbow surgery in February while playing in Sweden.
Raymond admitted he was working his way back into game shape during the evening.
“Getting used to getting back on game tempo. The legs got better, but it was a tough game, high pace,” Raymond said. “(I'm) just happy to be able to be on the ice again, playing games."