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Friday, April 07, 2006

Tyutin, Smyth subjects of articles

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From an article about New York Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin, titled "Tyutin delivers on his promise", that appeared earlier this week on

Tyutin has long been seen as ahead of the curve among defensemen his age. The Rangers drafted Tyutin in the second round of the 2001 Entry Draft, after a 17-18-year-old season with St. Petersburg (Russia). He then had a bang-up season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL in 2001-02, finishing third among OHL defensemen with 19 goals and 40 assists in 53 games.

Tyutin opted to return to Russia rather than play in the AHL the next season ('02-'03). He started the season with St. Petersburg, then moved up to join Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Super League. The Rangers promoted him the next season ('03-'04) after 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, and Tyutin looked very comfortable on the Rangers' blue line.

"I was upset last year that I couldn't play in the NHL," he said. "After I got called up and played the last part of the previous season, I was really looking forward to playing more in the NHL. I wanted to prove myself by playing more."

"Last year, he played in what is arguably the best league outside the NHL," said Rangers coach Tom Renney, who as New York's director of player personnel was responsible for drafting Tyutin. "Certainly, the Russian Super League is an outstanding league. They play and coach for keeps over there, so I don't think it hindered his development at all. I'd be more concerned about guys who didn't play at all last year."

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Also, the Hartford Wolf Pack's Brad Smyth was the subject of an article that appeared on a couple of days ago.

From the article:

More than a few AHL observers raised an eyebrow when the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers engineered an AHL-style blockbuster just prior to Clear Day. Two feuding rivals who could be on a collision course for the Calder Cup Playoffs exchanged key parts back on Mar. 13.

A couple of familiar AHL veterans proved that you can go back home when the Blueshirts sent rugged, nasty defenseman Joe Rullier off to the Los Angeles organization, setting up a reunion for Rullier with the Manchester Monarchs and a fan base that welcomed the blueliner back home with welcome arms.

The AHL's most active team around Clear Day, the Monarchs badly needed the snarl in their defense corps that they reeled in with Rullier.

But the old veteran heading in the opposite direction from Manchester may have been even more welcomed, and he has since proven that this old guy can still bring it.

On his way to Hartford was right wing Brad Smyth, he of the 68-goal season back in 1995-96. Smyth is a pure sniper, the type of raw scorer that had mostly disappeared over the past decade and only now is beginning to show signs of returning as the game shows signs of opening up once more.

At the ripe old age of 33, Smyth has piled up 32 goals and 49 assists for 81 points this season, and Smyth, typically one of the AHL's more durable players, is on pace for an 80-game regular season in 2005-06.

In other Wolf Pack news, Dan Girardi was one of two defensemen named to the AHL All-Rookie Team, and defenseman Thomas Pöck was named as a Second Team AHL All-Star.