Alex Tuch
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Alex Tuch

Hometown:

Baldwinsville New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-05-10

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

1st round (18th overall), 2014

Weight:

218 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Alex Tuch was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 15 Festival following a dominant season for the Syracuse Nationals bantam team.

2011-12: Tuch skated for the Syracuse Stars in the Junior B Empire Hockey League and was the league’s leading scorer as a 15-year-old. In 40 regular season games he scored 44 goals with 57 assists and had 26 penalty minutes. He had 1 goal and 3 assists in four playoff games. He committed to playing hockey at Boston College in 2014-15 in June of 2012.

2012-13: Tuch attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival in the summer and was chosen for the National Team Development Program’s U17 team in Ann Arbor. In 56 games he scored 11 goals with 15 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. The USA finished first in the 2012 Four Nations tournament in Switzerland, third in the 2013 Five Nations Tournament in Finland and won a gold medal at the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Tuch scored 6 goals with 7 assists in 14 games at the three tournaments.

2013-14: Tuch returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the NTDP; skating for the U18 team and representing the USA in the 2014 U18 World Juniors. He was the third-leading scorer for the NTDP U18 team behind Jack Eichel and Sonny Milano (CBS). Tuch scored 29 goals with 35 assists and was +35 with 8 penalty minutes in 61 games. Tuch had 3 assists and was +5 with 14 penalty minutes in seven games for the USA — which captured a gold medal, defeating the Czech Republic, 5-2, in the gold medal game. He was selected to play in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September. Tuch was ranked 12th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Minnesota in the first round (18th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Tuch led Boston College in scoring as a freshman and played for the USA U20 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. He scored 14 goals with 14 assists in 37 games for the Eagles and was +13 with 28 penalty minutes. BC finished tied with eventual national champion Providence for second in Hockey East, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional. The Eagles lost, 5-2, to Denver in the semifinals. Tuch scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -2 with no penalties in five games for the USA. The USA finished fifth, losing 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals.

2015-16: Tuch finished sixth in scoring for Boston College in his sophomore season. He scored 18 goals with 16 assists and was +23 with 33 penalty minutes in 40 games for the Eagles. BC tied Providence for first in Hockey East, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a 5-4 loss to Northeastern in the conference tournament semifinals. The Eagles defeated Harvard (4-1) and Minnesota-Duluth (3-2) in the Northeast Regional to reach the Frozen Four, falling to Quinnipiac, 3-2, in a semifinal game. Tuch signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Wild in April 2016, foregoing his final two seasons of college hockey. 

Talent Analysis

Tuch has the size and temperament of a power forward; willing to compete and play in small areas. His stick handling skills and shot are first rate and suggest he can be a consistent scorer. What separates him from other players his size is his ability to recognize and analyze plays quickly and the speed and skating ability to execute plays.

Future

Tuch skated for Boston College as a sophomore in 2015-16, signing an entry-level contract with the Wild in April 2016 and passing on his final two years of eligibility. He will challenge for a spot with the Wild in training camp but could begin his pro career with AHL affiliate Iowa. Long-term he projects as a physical, two-way forward with the skill and size to collect points on a consistent basis.

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