Morning news: on Swedish forwards, Brattstrom’s goaltending and Tyutyayev’s dashing debut

Of note regarding the Red Wings’ 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, at the team’s annual prospect tournament in Traverse City:

  1. The Traverse City Record-Eagle’s Andrew Rosenthal took note of the chemistry between Lucas Raymond and Jonatan Berggren. Raymond scored a goal during Thursday night’s win, and Berggren had two assists:

“He’s an extremely skilled player,” Raymond said of Berggren, who also said he’s played one or two games with him before. “He’s a good strong skater who has a great sense of the game and reading the game … He is very unpredictable with the puck and makes plays and could create something out of nothing.”

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill (who’s parents Jim and Rosemary live in Traverse City) said on the team’s broadcast that both Raymond and Berggen played well. Blashill said Raymond played more physical than he’d have guessed.

“I’ve been impressed with his shot,” Blashill said. “He can really shoot a puck for a guy that’s had a reputation as a passer. He’s a really cerebral player. He plays a thinking kind of game. It’s not just all about speed with him, which a lot of younger players it is.

“I think he’s a little different than a number of younger players coming up, not just in our organization but across the league. It’ll be interesting to see him as he continues to get comfortable and he’s able to use that great hockey sense that he has, the impact that he can have on a night-to-night basis.”

2. MLive’s Ansar Khan duly noted that Victor Brattstrom was stellar in the Wings’ net despite giving up 4 goals on 34 shots against:

“I thought he was fantastic,” [Grand Rapids Griffins coach Ben] Simon said. “He kept us in the game early. After the first period it was a 3-0 game, but the score wasn’t indicative of that. We gave up a ton of chances, and quality chances. He did a really good job of holding the net and holding down the fort.”

The Red Wings drafted the 6-5 Brattstrom 160th in 2018. He is expected to back-up veteran Calvin Pickard in Grand Rapids.

Simon said Sebastian Cossa, the 15th overall pick this year, and Jan Bednar, will each play one game but hasn’t decided who will play which night. Detroit faces St. Louis on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Columbus on Sunday (6 p.m.).

3. And finally, the Free Press’s Helene St. James discussed Kirill Tyutyayev’s 2-goal performance:

The 21-year-old has been playing in lower leagues in his native Russia (he shares his hometown of Yekaterinburg with former Wings great Pavel Datsyuk) and, last season, in Belarus. Tyutyayev has put up good offensive numbers —32 points in 43 games in 2020-21; 60 points in 60 games in 2018-19. Tyutyayev skated in Detroit a bit this summer and is earmarked to begin his North American career with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

“He does have a pretty solid resume producing,” said Griffins coach Ben Simon, who will is also behind the bench for the Wings at the Traverse City  tournament, which features a Saturday game against the St. Louis Blues and a Sunday game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“It’s great for his confidence to get on the scoresheet his first game, but he’s got to focus on all areas of his game,” Simon said. “What type of player he’s going to be at the pro level, that’s yet to be determined, but he’s off on the right foot here.”

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