Position: Right Wing
Birthdate: May 10, 1996
2013-14 Team: United States National Team Development Program (USHL)
From: Baldwinsville, New York
Hockey Prospect: 11
“He’s always been a big body and has skated well, but I think he’s just starting to realize how big and strong he is,” USNTDP U-18 coach Danton Cole said. “He imposes his will on the game sometimes, and that’s a good compliment. If he makes it to the second round of the draft, a lot of [NHL] people made a mistake because I feel Alex is a legit first-round candidate.”
Tuch is a prototypical power-forward. He skates surprisingly well for a big man and had 29 goals, 64 points and 70 penalty minutes in 61 games. He finished tied for second with eight power-play goals and was tied for first with seven game-winners.
Alex Tuch is one of three American forwards (along with Sonny Milano and Dylan Larkin) who will be drafted in the first round in Philadelphia tomorrow night. While Milano is a skilled “magician” with the puck and Larkin is a two-way centre who can do a bit of everything, Tuch is a classic north-south power forward. As Morreale noted above, he skates well for a big player, which is obviously very important for an NHL prospect. His point totals don’t compare well to linemates Milano or top 2015 prospect Jack Eichel, but that won’t stop him from being drafted mid-to-late first round. Possible landing spots include the Stars (14th overall), Red Wings (15th), Flyers (17th), Sharks (20th) and Penguins (22nd).