Kirill Tyutyayev’s reputation as hockey’s international man of mystery continued Thursday when he scored a pair of nifty goals to help the Detroit Red Wings rookies down the Dallas Stars 5-4 at the NHL Prospects Tournament.
Tyutyayev is from Belarus. He was the Red Wings’ seventh-round pick in 2019, and he has drawn considerable attention because he’s dynamic and put up good numbers in the top Belarus league. The negative on the 5-foot-9 Tyutyayev is that he is said to weigh less than 150 pounds.
“I didn’t know much about him, but he got on the score sheet tonight and had a pretty solid first game,” said Grand Rapids coach Ben Simon who is coaching the Detroit rookies.
Joe Veleno, Lucas Raymond and Chase Pearson also scored for Detroit. Each of those players has a chance to make the Red Wings this season. Jonatan Berggren’s puck handling was also noticeable. Despite the score, goalie Victor Brattstrom was sharp
Tyutyayev, 21, is ticketed to play with the Griffins this season to allow the Red Wings to see what they have in him. He totaled 32 points in 43 playing for Yunost Minsk last season. Tyutyayev also boasted 10 points in 13 playoff games.
“He played with a lot of emotion,” Simon said. “He worked hard, and competed hard, both with and without the puck.”
Tyutyayev showed speed and a shot. One of his goalies was a beauty tucked under the crossbar.
“He is a really skilled player and he protects the puck really well for what you would call an undersized player,” Red Wings defenseman Jared McIsaac said.
The Detroit rookies will play the St. Louis Blues rookies on Saturday at 7 p.m. It will be live streamed on DetroitRedWings.com.