By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Cooper Moore and left wing Kirill Tyutyayev.
A diamond in the rough is an expression defined as 'one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement or polish.'
That is exactly what the Detroit Red Wings are hoping becomes an accurate description of their 2019 late-round draft picks, defenseman Cooper Moore and left wing Kirill Tyutyayev.
Moore, a 6-foot-1, 181-pound, left-handed shooting rearguard was taken by the Red Wings in the fifth round, 128th overall, in last June's NHL draft. He is described as an exceptional skater with speed who has a high compete level and a good, hard shot from the back end.
He's spent the last two seasons playing for Brunswick School, a college preparatory school in his home state of Connecticut.
While at Brunswick School, Moore showed an offensive flair from the blueline by amassing 70 points, including 23 goals in 93 games, which caught the eye of not only colleges but also NHL scouts.
Last spring, Moore committed to play hockey for North Dakota, but he will not enroll until 2020. Instead, this fall he'll play junior 'A' hockey for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League, the team that Dennis Cholowski played for from 2014-16.
Moore hopes a year of concentrating on hockey will make him physically stronger and improve his shortcomings on the ice.
Like many young defenseman, Moore must learn to shore up his defensive play and make better decisions with the puck. He must also work on becoming a proficient game manager.
An interesting tidbit about Moore is he's the nephew of former NHL defenseman Dave Ellett, whom he credits with guiding him through the college recruitment process.
Ellett played for Bowling Green, where he won the 1984 NCAA national championship before embarking on a 16-year NHL career where he played for five different teams - Winnipeg, Toronto, Boston, New Jersey and St. Louis.
In his 1,129 NHL games, Ellett had 568 total points (153-415-568).
Tyutyayev also has an NHL connection. Granted, it may be a bit of a stretch, but the 5-foot-9, 146-pound, seventh-round draft pick, 190th overall, hails from Yekaterinburg, Russia, the same hometown as Red Wings legend Pavel Datsyuk.
And like the Magic Man, the nifty left wing has proven to be an offensive dynamo.
During the 2017-18 season playing for Spartakovets Yekaterinburg in the Russian U18 league, Tyutyayev's high skill level and his intelligence were on full display.
In just 31 games, he recorded 114 points (47-67-114) and was a staggering plus-75.
Last season, the crafty Tyutyayev played for Avto Yakaterinburg in the MHL, Russia's top junior league, and held his own despite his physical limitations.
The big question surrounding Tyutyayev is similar to what Detroit prospect Otto Kivenmaki is facing.
Can an offensively gifted player who is small in stature fill out enough and gain enough strength to withstand the physical pounding of the NHL?
If Tyutyayev can prove he's NHL material, he may not be the Wings next Magic Man, but he's shown early on in his career that he does have a trick or two up his sleeve.
28- Moore played in all 28 games for the Brunswick Bruins as a senior.
13- His 13 goals was tops among defensemen and third overall on the Brunswick hockey team.
18- Known for his offensive game from the back end, Moore's 18 assists led the Bruins defensive corps and also ranked third overall on the club.
31- In the USHS - Prep (United States High School - Preparatory), Moore's 31 total points was 13th overall among defensemen and tops on the Bruins team.
5- On December 1 2018, against New Hampton at the Exeter Invitational, Moore scored five goals against New Hampton in a game that finished in a 6-6 tie.
Quotable: "Another mobile guy, obviously very raw. Good skill set but he's going to play hockey in the BCHL before heading off to college. He's got a lot of development in front of him. He's actually playing for an old teammate of mine at Michigan State (Brian Maloney) at Chilliwack so I've got good ties there, we're going to stay on top of him. But good tools, good tool set there." Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development.
60- Tyutyayev played in all 60 games for Avto Yakaterinburg in the MHL.
19- His 19 goals scored ranked second on his team. Ilya Zakharov's 23 goals led Avto.
41- In his rookie season for Avto, Tyutyayev's 41 assists led his team.
8- Tyutyayev's 60 points in 60 not led Avto Yakaterinburg in scoring, but also ranked eighth overall in the MHL.
+39- He led Avto with a plus-39.
20-5-9-14- During his rookie season, Tyutyayev put together an outstanding playoff run. In 20 games he notched five goals and nine assists good for 14 points. He was an even player and his 14 points not only led Avto but ranked second overall in playoff scoring in the MHL.
Quotable: "I don't want to say too much. I only saw him two games. Very skilled player, very small. He's somewhere around 150 pounds, but smart and can skate. He's got a ways to go. If you ever want to play in the NHL you got to fill out. The category of player he is is exciting for sure." - Hakan Andersson, Red Wings director of European scouting.