Defenseman Fedor Tyutin made his National Hockey League debut this afternoon as he suited up for the New York Rangers in their match against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The mobile blueliner, who donned #51, was paired with Dale Purinton and logged 13:22 of ice time. He also collected two penalty minutes in the 6-2 loss, his first action since spraining knee ligaments on January 8 with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). He was selected to participate in his first AHL All-Star Game but was unable to play due to injury.
"It was very exciting," said Tyutin following the game. "I'm not so happy about the final score, though."
"When he's got the puck, he plays very well," Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather said. "He handles it well and he is composed. He's a talented kid. He has some aspects to learn about his own end, but he did very well for his first game, and I knew this wouldn't be an easy game for him to play in."
Tyutin, 20, has appeared in 38 games with Hartford this season, recording three goals and nine assists for 12 points, along with 77 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating. Among Wolf Pack defensemen, he is tied for first in goals (three) and second in assists (nine) and points (12).
A native of Izhevsk, Russia, Tyutin was the Rangers second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.