He goes by many names,
and no one can pinpoint which name is exact.
Almost every website spells his last name differently.
Filip Novak was traded because this man passed him in development
in the eyes of Ranger brass. Who
is he? Well he is Fedor Tutin,
er Tyutin, maybe its Tjutin. Even
the heralded hockeydb site has him listed twice.
Either way he is a defenseman of the future for the New York
Fedor was selected in the
2nd round of the 2001 draft, 40th overall.
Many draft experts had him rated as the 2nd best
defenseman in the draft behind Mike Komisarek who went in the first round
. What makes this guy so
In a word: Poise.
Fedor plays a smart game. He
is solid in his own end and blossoming in the offensive zone.
He is 6’3, 204lbs. and uses his size.
He will bang when he needs to, but more importantly plays a solid
positioning game. He does not
get caught up ice, realizing his first goal is to play defense.
Fedor makes crisp outlet passes and can carry the puck up ice.
He takes possession of the puck and keeps it, and his game is doing
what he wants with the puck. In
protecting the zone he sees the ice well and has good anticipation of
where the play is headed.
Last year in the OHL,
playing for Guelph Storm, he displayed continued development of the
offensive side of his game. As
a rookie in the OHL he posted startling offensive numbers.
His 19 goals and 40 assists lead all rookie defensemen and placed
him 7th in scoring among all rookies and 3rd among
all defensemen. This was a pleasant surprise from his Russian Elite
numbers. Most scouts knew he
would score some with his incredible feel for the game, but his
development has come as a surprise and enabled the Rangers to deal Novak
in a trade to acquire Pavel Bure. He
has earned extensive power play time as a result of his solid play and
continues to rebuff reports that his offensive game needs work.
Fedor realizes his
primary responsibility is to play defense and he played on the penalty
kill unit for the Storm. He
also continued his playing career with a teammate from his
days in Leonard Zhvachin. At
18 years of age, he turns 19 in July; he is exceeding expectations with
his poise and solid play. Most
defenseman take time to develop and are contributors in their mid-20’s.
Fedor could be in the lineup long before that.
Of course like any young
defenseman he needs to work on his consistency.
He plays a mental game and it would be nice if he used his body
more to clear the front of the net. He
also needs to play against better competition, as he did in the Russian
Elite League, to see if he can sustain his offensive stats or if it was
just a mirage playing in the high scoring OHL.
AHL time is in his future so he can hone his skills as a defensive
specialist with offensive upside. He
also needs to add more muscle to his frame to endure the NHL life.
If he continues at the pace he has established for himself he could
be a Ranger in 2003. He may
need to temper his aggressiveness against the better competition as he
does try and force the play and has been able to make up for it against
the lesser competition. It
will remain to be seen if he can do the same versus top-level talent but
all signs point that he can and will make that transition.
Fedor will be a top 2 defenseman in the NHL, and that dream is not
that long from becoming a reality.
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