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Red Wings Sign Prospect Right-Shot Defenseman Tuomisto



Antti Tuomisto, Detroit Red Wings prospect

One truth about professional hockey is that there never seems to be enough right-shot defensemen to go around. After trading Filip Hronek before the trade deadline, the Red Wings only had two on their roster. Most of Detroit’s prospect defensemen are left shots.

NHL coaches prefer to play right-shot defensemen on the right side, and left-shot D men on the left side

That’s why the Red Wings signing of Finnish defenseman Antti Tuomisto, 22, is  timely. The Red Wings’ 2019 second-round pick (35th overall) is 6-foot-5. He adds more size to their roster and fills a need for more right shots in the blue line prospect pool.

Tuomisto spent this season playing for TPS Turku in Finland’s SM-Liiga. He was the highest-scoring defenseman in the age 23-and-under category.

Former Denver Player

Before playing in Finland’s top league, Tuomisto played two seasons of college hockey at Denver. He played with Red Wings prospects Carter Mazur and Shai Buium and helped the Pioneers win the NCAA Division 1 Championship in 2022. Mazur and Buium are still at Denver trying to win back-to-back championships.

The right shot vs. left shot defensemen issue has been topical in Detroit recently because of injuries. Ben Chiarot is a left-shot who is comfortable playing the right side, but he is injured. Right-shot defenseman Gustav Lindstrom was also injured for Saturday’s game. That meant Moritz Seider was the only right-shot defenseman in the lineup against Colorado.

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“In an ideal world, teams build three and three, but it’s the reality, right-shot D are tough to come by in this league, especially elite ones,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “So at times guys are going to have to play on their off-hand. I don’t mind giving different guys looks and minutes on their off-hand because it might be something going forward for us in the future.”

The Red Wings haven’t said when Tuomisto is coming to North America.

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Mark W

He’s back! Way long ago last I looked…some thought Denver’s Tuomisto was more promising than the other two Wings/ Denver prospects Mazur and Buium. THAT would be good fortune indeed.

Optimistically speaking… perhaps Tuomisto begins to shift the focus from giving up Hronek to who the Wings get with the Hronek draft choice? yes? no? OR we need to wait and trust the GM ?

Gordon Cheswick

Don’t get me wrong about this assessment – Tuomisto will be a strong addition to the roster – some day. If you think you will see him soon, I don’t think much before 2025-26 – and then it will take 3-4 years to become ‘good’. That is just the way it is! SY will Not replace the RHD of Hronek that easily. Lindstrom is not the RHD of the future! Chariot May play RD – but is not a true RHD – and won’t be here for the big show. I believe SY will have to use one of his 1st picks on an RHD.

Gordon Cheswick

Alexandre Doucet was just named player of the week. SY signed him to a 3 year contract. The 5’quote player plays bigger than he is. A center who knows where to be on the ice. He has 56 goals this year, to date. Now – Stevie – how about another free agent signing. Jérémie Biakabutuka – a big RHD – is just sitting – waiting for a call….

Mark W

Yes! On Biakabutuka and contract. He had a good prospect camp and being 6 ft 4 200lbs RHD helps. His recent Charlottstown islanders scoring showed near 3/4 PPG and +- was -6? not bad for a RHD.

The Quebec major junior league (?) also produced Doucet who has been hot this year and will look good alongside Lombardi in GR or Tol. I suspect Toledo for all three to begin 2023-24. BTW re J.B. wasn’t there a family thing keeping him near to home this season? Whatever Hope its resolved. Lots of upside.

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