Pre 2006: Tulupov’s draft status was adversely affected by spending most of the past two seasons with the Toronto Rattlers, a private club team in the Toronto area that was not heavily scouted. After scoring 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points with the Rattlers, Tulupov’s play for Team Russia at the 5 Nations Tournament and Under 18 Championships sent his draft stock soaring. That led to the Devils taking him with their first of two picks in the third round of the 2006 draft.
2006-07: Tulupov had a solid debut in the QMJHL for Chicoutimi and seemingly got better and better as the season progressed. He was not able to start the season on time due to visa problems and he was a little sluggish out of the gate offensively, but as he became more comfortable with his surroundings, his numbers started to increase substantially and it could be argued that by season’s end, he was one of the Sagueneens’ top defenseman. In 54 games, he finished with eight goals and 20 assists, 88 PIM’s and a sound -3 rating on a Chicoutimi team that barely squeaked into the postseason. In the Sags short-lived postseason, Tulupov had a goal and an assist in a four-game sweep at the hands of Val d’Or.
Jared Ramsden contributed to this profile
Tulupov's most conspicuous advantage is his size. He not only possesses an impressive 6’3 220 lbs frame but also takes full advantage of it not letting any of his opponents get away with the puck easily.
Tulupov loves to check, sometimes a little too much and clog the speedy forwards that try to create traffic in front of the net. He does a fantastic job of keeping the crease clear of attacking forwards and by clearing traffic from in front of the net, makes life much easier for his goaltender. Also, Tulupov's value on a penalty-killing unit can’t be overestimated. He is quite adept at dropping down and blocking shots before they reach the goaltender.
He also has a hard and accurate slap shot and he shows a willingness to pinch in at the offensive blueline and move into the slot for scoring opportunities. Tulupov has decent skating ability, especially for a player of his size.
Tulupov appears to be just scratching the surface of his vast potential after a successful first season in the CHL. A physical, mean and nasty tower of power, Tulupov has a vast array of tools and appears at this point to be one of the Devils more well-rounded defense prospects. Physically, Tulupov is probably already ready for the AHL, but the Devils will not rush him and will let him play 2007-08 in the CHL again before promoting him.