Kukla's Korner

Abel to Yzerman

A Look At Detroit Prospect Antti Tuomisto

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was somewhat of a surprise when the Detroit Red Wings used a second-round draft pick to select defenseman Antti Tuomisto last month.

Tuomisto, who was back home in Finland, had the same reaction.

“It was like ‘wow,’” Tuomisto said during the Red Wings development camp. “It was a great feeling.”

Tuomisto is a 6-foot-4, 194-pound offensive defenseman who posted 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in 45 games with Assat in the Finland junior league.

Some scouting services mentioned how Tuomisto wasn’t a player who was rated highly at the beginning of last season. But as the season progressed, Tuomisto’s ability to move the puck and make offensive plays shot him up the charts.

The Wings were eager to select Tuomisto with the first of their second-round picks (35th overall).

“I’ve liked this kid all year, for sure,” said Tyler Wright, the Wings’ director of amateur scouting. “We talk at length, and you watch the playoffs and see the size of these guys with St. Louis and Boston, it doesn’t mean they’re big and just big.

“This is a guy that’s 6-4, plays with a real bite to his game, but he’s a good player. He’s got good sense, he can find the middle of the ice.

continued

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Comments

Avatar

The Athletic’s recent analysis of drafting in the last ~5 years puts Detroit well near the bottom of the league. I am really optimistic that we have a few great picks here, but I’ve been more than a little concerned that Wright isn’t a good director of scouting. Most of the league has gotten more out of the draft in his tenure than we have.

We need some of these guys to pan out in a big way before our established young core ages out into either ineffectiveness, or over expensiveness. We’ve seen the Wings go big in the draft the last several years when most of the league went skilled, so it’s time for these types of drafts to pay off, or we need to quit being cute and find someone to draft our team out of the 1990s.

 

Posted by petesrw on 07/08/19 at 08:35 PM ET

Primis's avatar

The Athletic’s recent analysis of drafting in the last ~5 years puts Detroit well near the bottom of the league. I am really optimistic that we have a few great picks here, but I’ve been more than a little concerned that Wright isn’t a good director of scouting. Most of the league has gotten more out of the draft in his tenure than we have.

Posted by petesrw on 07/08/19 at 08:35 PM ET

I mean we’ve got Larsson as a 6th, Setkov as a 4th, Ehn as a 4th…  DET seems ot be drafting fine early, and still plucking some promising guys late.

If you’re interested, take a look over the drafts here:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/teams/dr00005492.html

While there are let-downs early seemingly so far in guys like G. Smith, Svechnikov, etc, DET seems to be still stocking enough other guys decently.  Truth is this though:  if Zadina, Veleno, and Seider all turn out well, truly nothing else at all will matter.

Posted by Primis on 07/08/19 at 08:56 PM ET

Avatar

Totally agree we have room to grow with guys in our system and that in two years this can turn around, but comparatively so far, we’ve been a bad team with lots of picks that have performed worse than most other teams with fewer picks.

Our drafts over the last five years look promising to the eye, but others teams have had more results in the NHL.

Posted by petesrw on 07/08/19 at 11:06 PM ET

Avatar

Let’s not look past Svechnikov being out all season. Everything pointed at him being a regular with the Wings last season.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 07/09/19 at 12:47 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I liked what I saw from Chevy last I saw him in the NHL.

Of course, I’m just a guy so what do I really know? smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/09/19 at 07:02 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Svechnikov’s injury resulted in the wings putting Ram in the lineup too soon, he should’ve just played in Juniors. So when you take a step back, you have now 3 1st round picks, 2 of them top 10 that could all not be with the big club this season,  none dominated where they played yet,  and that hurts the perceived “draft results” but I’m willing to revisit that in 2-3 years to see what we really have. 

Ram may well develop into a good but not star or great player,  will be interested to see how he does in GR next year where he likely belongs, if he dominates there, becomes a top line guy that would be positive. 

Svechnikov on the other hand, his bandwidth is either a 2nd line winger at best, or a fringe NHL regular, that’s not good.  If I was betting, I’d say 3rd line winger.  I’d love for him to shove my expectation down my throat though, he’s young enough to do so.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/09/19 at 07:57 AM ET

Avatar

Most of the league has gotten more out of the draft in his tenure than we have.

Posted by petesrw on 07/08/19 at 08:35 PM ET

Just for some context, in the last five drafts the Wings highest pick has been 6, 6, 9, 20, 19.
In that time, 17 teams have had top-5 picks, and 8 have had multiple top-5 picks.
Given how much of the value in each draft is in the top end, the best Detroit was ever going to hope for was to be middle of the pack over that period.

Posted by EthrDemon on 07/09/19 at 05:58 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Abel to Yzerman

Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com