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Red Wings Prospect Kasper Keeps Scoring Big Goals; Tuomisto Munching Minutes

Tuomisto playing big minutes for TPS Turku

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Antti Tuomisto, Detroit Red Wings prospect
Red Wings prospect Antti Tuomisto is proving to be a minute muncher for TPS Turku.

The Swedish Hockey League regular season gets underway next week, and Detroit Red Wings prospect Marco Kasper is tuning up for the show by scoring some big goals.

Kasper’s latest tally for came in a Champions Hockey League Group Stage game between Rogle BK and Hungarian club Fehervar AV19. Detroit’s 2022 first-round draft choice  (eighth overall) snapped a 1-1 tie to give Rogle a 2-1 victory.

With 1-1-2 totals, Kasper is holidng a share of the team scoring lead in the tournament. He was skating as the center on Rogle’s second line as the club improved to 2-0 in CHL play. Rogle are the reigning CHL champions.

Rogle defenseman William Wallinder (32nd overall, 2020) drew an assist and logged 17:26 per game of ice time over the two games. Forward Theodor Niederbach (51st overall, 2020) saw action for Rogle in just one of the games and was held pointless.

Tuomisto A Busy Performer

Defenseman Antti Tuomisto (35th overall, 2019) is also participating in the CHL for Finnish club TPS Turku. They are 1-1 through two games. Although Tuomisto is without a point, he’s managed six shots on goal.

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More significantly, Tuomisto is ranking third in CHL play in terms of time on ice. He’s logging an impressive 25:51 per game thus far.

After winning an NCAA tltle with the Denver Pioneers last season alongside fellow Red Wings prospects Carter Mazur (70th overall, 2021) and Shai Buium (36th overall, 2021), Tuomisto was making the decision to return to play as a pro in his homeland.

Buchelnikov Drawing Praise From Russian Media

There’s a growing consensus among the Russian hockey hierarchy that Red Wings 2022 second-round pick (52nd overall) Dmitri Buchelnikov may end up playing a larger role than originally anticipated for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Sport-Express.ru special correspondant Alexei Shevchenko went as far as to note that Buchelnikov is showing a more significant impact in games than Matvey Michkov. The latter is projecting as a high lottery pick for the 2023 NHL entry draft.

“It can be seen that he does not want to stop developing,” Shevchenko wrote. “Buchelnikov’s unique technique gives a chance to get into the base, and not just be the 13th forward (for SKA).”

Buchelnikov was held scorless in SKA’s opening match of the KHL regular season. He’s also played one game for the SKA junior squad in the Russian MHL. In that game, Buchelnikov scored twice and assisted on another goal.

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John Parham

A lot of Red Wings’ podcasters and fans are still moaning about the Kasper pick. I think a high school kid playing playoff style hockey in an adult league is impressive. Kasper has the hard part down and he just has to let his offensive game develop. It’s nice to see all those prospects getting off to a good start.

Gordon Cheswick

It is inconceivable that – all of a sudden – DRW has a plethora of such great young talent. So much so, that I see SY having to swallow hard and trading some NHL prospects away. Players like Pearson, Grewe, and others who the DRW have failed to offer the opportunity to at least give it a try in the past years. Now, I see no path to the NHL thru the DRW.

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