New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with defenseman Fedor Tjutin, their second round draft choice, 40th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tjutin, 18, skated in 34 matches last season with SKA St. Petersburg, registering two goals and four assists for six points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He also appeared in the 2001 Under-18 World Championship tournament for Russia, tallying one goal and four assists for five points, along with 18 penalty minutes in six matches. He was rated 16th overall among European skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Service final rankings for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-3, 202-pound defenseman was also selected 29th overall by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the CHL Import Draft on June 29, 2001. Tjutin is a native of Izhevsk, Russia.