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The Breakdown: Red Wings Hope Tyutyayev Has ‘Carpe Diem’ Approach



Kiril Tyutyayev, Detroit Red Wings prospect

Dallas Stars 5, Detroit Red Wings 4
NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City Michigan.

When coach Ben Simon was talking about Red Wings draft pick Kirill Tyutyayev last night he sounded like he was giving the Robin Williams “Carpe Diem” speech from “Dead Poets Society.

He didn’t tell Tyutyayev to “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.” But in Simon’s own way, he told Tyutyayev he needed to seize the day.

“I think it’s important for him to make the most of whatever opportunity is afforded to him,” said Simon, coach of the Detroit rookies in the NHL Prospect Camp. “Whether that’s whatever role is in Grand Rapids — however that plays out — but make the most of whatever opportunity is given to him and don’t look back. He’s got to grab a job and grab a spot.”

Three-Point Night

Tyutyayev is doing that at the NHL Prospect Tournament. After Simon tweaked the line combinations, Tyutyayev delivered a goal and two assists in the 5-4 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Russian Tyutyayev, 22, is a Red Wings curiosity. It’s been that way since he was drafted in the seventh round (190th overall) in 2019. He’s a smallish player (listed as 5-foot-9) with an extra-large dose of hockey sense. He earned his first opportunity last season when he was signed for Grand Rapids. Injury ruined his chance. He only played nine games for the Griffins.

“Last year he came in, had a really good training camp, good start to our season, he put up some decent numbers the first few games for us and then suffered an injury that took him out for the rest of the year,” Simon said. “To his credit, he worked extremely hard in Grand Rapids. We skated him non-stop for 3½, 4 months there. ”

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Simon said Tyutyayev’s work ethic is one “his best characteristics.”

“He’s very endearing because he does not want to leave the rink,” Simon said. “He stays at the rink, works extremely hard and he’s a fun kid to be around.”

Facts and Observations

  1. Defenseman Donovan Sebrango didn’t play against Dallas. He is not injured. The Red Wings know what they need to know about Sebrango. They need to watch other guys.
  2. With most attention directed at defenseman Simon Edvinsson, it’s easy to forget about Albert Johansson (60th overall in 2019). The young Swedish D man is playing in North America this season. He was engaged against Dallas, producing two assists.
  3.  This is what the Red Wings like to see from Elmer Soderblom: one goal, one assist, +3, five shots vs. Dallas.
  4.  Free agent invitee Riley Piercey had four goals vs. Columbus. He was -3 with no points vs. Dallas.
  5. Cross Hanas looks like he’s ready for pro hockey. He can skate and kill penalties. He’s improving defensively. He boasts a mature attitude. Hanas also has eight shots on goal in the first two games of the tournament. He scored against Dallas.