Prospect Profile: Pavel Tyutnev

Dylan Griffing




Player Information courtesy of Elite Prospects

Pavel Tyutnev is a player who, on paper, would likely be thrown in the ‘undersized Russian group’, but there is a lot to unpack in his game. Offensively, he’s always a threat on the ice. He uses a mix of skating, strength, and speed to move the puck with ease, and creates danger with his shooting and passing. Think of any offensive tool, and Tyutnev has it.



Tyutnev (#13, red) has no issues getting into the dirty areas of the ice. His puck control while being pressured by defenders is something that always stands out when I see him play. His raw numbers don’t show the work that Tyutnev displays on the ice, putting up only 22 points in 36 MHL games this season. Despite this, all 22 of those points were primary, which really shows how involved he was when his team scored with him on the ice. Tyutnev performed very well for the Russian under-18s team, however, racking up 12 points in 15 games for the national team. He was shooting on a level higher than most players in the MHL, finishing the year with a 24.54 Sh% while averaging 1.47 S/GP while constantly moving up and down the line-up with limited powerplay time.



Along with his precise shooting, Tyutnev also shines in his ability to move the puck. I’ve already touched on this a bit, but his skating is truly on another level. In the clip above, Tyutnev looks back at Grigori Gryaznov (#80, white) before even touching the puck and already knew exactly how to beat him and then followed it up by faking out all four of the SKA-1946 players and moved the puck to a teammate to try to get the puck into the offensive zone. He has a fantastic shooting ability, but he thrives by driving into the very high danger areas to get the best possible shots off. This does cause issues, though, as he still is small, which makes it easy for bigger defensemen to knock him off the puck. When he has the puck protected and away from his body, he is still able to power off the average-sized opponents, like in the first clip. It also has to be taken into account that Tyutnev is one of the youngest draft eligible players, so he is in the same boat as Marat Khusnutdinov and Dmitri Ovchinnikov as players who still have time to grow and get stronger.



Pavel Tyutnev certainly isn’t a two-way dynamo by any means. His real only defensive asset is his pure speed, but even that doesn’t show at times. He doesn’t get too involved defensively, and acts more as an