Alex Tuch - Photo Courtesy of usantdp.com

 

Alex Tuch, C/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 218

Born: 1996-05-10

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY, USA

Drafted: 2014 by Minnesota Wild, 18th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

March 2015- When the time comes, Alex Tuch will make for a nice addition to Minnesota’s top six. Seeing as how they are already making noise in the western conference without him in the fold, they have no reservations about letting him play all the minutes he can handle for Boston College. Through 33 games he is really coming into his own with 28 points through 33 games. Despite showing he can be adept on offense, he has not let his defensive contributions falter, including a plus 13 despite playing the toughest minutes on the team. Despite all this progress, we will likely not see Tuch get a serious look at making the Wild as they have no room for him on a playoff-hopeful team. Edric Joseph

 

January 2015 – All things considered Alex Tuch underwhelmed at the World Juniors, granted the blame isn’t solely his as the team as a whole left something to be desired. Having previous experience and playing time with the likes of Eichel and Milano. As the tournament progressed, the team took a less and less disciplined approach to the game generating more penalties, especially in the game against the Russians in the elimination rounds thereby cutting back on Tuch’s playing time. Tuch had a more open space to work with on the ice than he’s likely use to due to the bigger names present on the team such as Hanifin, DeAngelo and the aforementioned Eichel among others. Even so, he struggled to make his presence felt. Something pleasing to still see as the tournament progressed was that he still exhibited terrific skating along formidable play along the boards, not backing down despite how tiresome and trying the tournament can be. Potential remains high however the opportunity wasn’t seized this World Junior tournament. The Wild will be glad to continue to watch and wait for Tuch’s game to take flight, understandably so. Edric Joseph

 

December 2014 – In Alex Tuch, the Minnesota Wild are getting a breath of fresh air with this unconventional power forward. Unlike most young power forwards, Tuch is a terrific skater and made good use of this advantage picking his spots and getting open accordingly when playing alongside the likes of Sonny Milano and Jack Eichel leading up to the 2014 NHL entry draft. Since commencing his NCAA hockey career, Tuch has been off to a good start to show what he can do without the linemates such as the aforementioned top prospects. Despite being a true freshman in the NCAA circuit, Tuch has done an admirable job to make it known that he belongs at this level of competition. While he isn't contributing at the same clip as he was with the US national Under-18 team he has a respectable 12 points through 17 games for hockey powerhouse Boston College. He has yet to throw around his NHL ready frame around like he has in seasons past, but he hasn’t shied away from the task at hand being a terrific leadership presence both on and off the ice.

 

Tuch will represent Team USA at the 2015 Under 20 World Junior Championships. Edric Joseph

 

June 2014 – The Minnesota Wild selected Alex Tuch 18th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 – Playing out of the US National Program, Tuch is a big robust winger who wreaks havoc by using his strength and size to wear down opponents. He is a rising prospect after a strong first half to his draft season and scouts are beginning to fancy his pro potential. Success has come from his competitive nature and ability to compliment his line mates by playing true to his brand of hockey – winning puck battles and dominating possession. Brendan Ross

 

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Tuch will hold his own physically at the NHL level in short order if not immediately as he has the athletic tools to do so. Once he can consistently put that together with on ice confidence while continuing to improve his hands and vision, watch out.

 

 

 

Footage:

 

 

Alex Tuch featured in the USA U17 NTDP 2012-13 Highlight Video:

 

 

 

 

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