Detroit Red Wings draft pick Kirill Tyutyayev might not be able to end the debate about which came first, the chicken or the egg. However, if you want to know which came first, the chicken or the penalty, he now can speak with some expertise on that matter.
Wednesday, the ECHL Toledo Walleye were playing host to the Kalamazoo Wings in a matinee game with a 10:30 a.m. puck drop in what was billed as School Education Day at the Huntington Center.
At an ECHL school day game in Toledo, a chicken nugget was thrown onto the ice. Toledo Walleye's player Kirill Tyutyayev shot it back into the crowd and was assessed a 10-minute misconduct. 😳
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 7, 2023
Near the midway point of the second period, just prior to a faceoff in the Toledo zone, someone threw a chicken nugget on to the ice. Walleye forward Tyutyayev instictively flipped the nugget out of the way and it went into the crowd.?
For his actions, he was then assessed a 10-minute misconduct, the standard punishment handed any player who shoots something into the crowd. Since leagues frown on players firing objects into the fans, there’s a possibility that Tyutyayev making that chicken fly won’t fly with the ECHL brass.
He could find himself facing supplementary discipline. However, Walleye coach Pat Mikesch told Mark Monroe of The Blade that he didn’t think this scenario was likely.
Tyutyayev A Red Wings 2019 Draft Selection
Though he’s not currently under contract to the Red Wings, Detroit was selecting Tyutyayev 190th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. That’s the same draft class that brought Moritz Seider and Elmer Soderblom into the Red Wings fold.
Left-winger Tyutyayev is undersized at 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, but he was a junior scoring sensation in Russia. During the 2017-18 season with Spartakovets Yekaterinburg of the Russian U18 league, he was accounting for 47 goals and 114 points in 31 games.
Follow by up on the little “nugget nugget” that was part of today’s morning game. Tyutyayev ended up receiving a 10 minute misconduct penalty. Not a game misconduct. No follow up action expected by the ECHL. No power play was awarded, really didn’t have any bearing on the game. https://t.co/0wPZ2uIDfV
— Mark Monroe (@MonroeBlade) December 6, 2023
Tyutyayev was signing an AHL contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2021. He wound up splitting last season between the Griffins and Walleye. With Toledo, he was collecting 8-39-47 totals in 31 games. He would add additional 4-9-13 numbers through 13 Kelly Cup playoff games.
In August, the Walleye were opting to sign Tyutyayev to an ECHL contract. Unfortunately, the 2023-24 campaign has so far been a struggle for him offensively. His ledger is showing 1-6-7 digits and a minus-10 rating over 18 games.