Future Watch: Alex Tuch Rookie Hockey Cards, Knights – Alex Tuch was selected 18th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. A victim of the numbers game that can happen in contending organizations, the Syracuse, New York native was not protected in last year’s expansion draft and now, 21, is a member of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas acquired him in a package deal so they would stay away from some of their key defensemen.
Leading up to the draft, Tuch had a great year for the U.S.A. National Team Development Program. He had 64 points in 61 games on a team that included, Jack Eichel (Sabres), Dylan Larkin (Red Wings), Anders Bjork (Bruins), and Zach Werenski (Blue Jackets) to name a few. Later that season he won a Gold medal in the U18 tournament.
In his two seasons with Boston College he tallied 32 goals in 77 games. That was enough of a reason for him to leave NCAA hockey in search of turning professional.
Last year he played in the AHL for the Iowa Wild. In 57 games, he had 18 goals and 37 points. At 6′-4″, 222 pounds, he’s a very strong forward who can wreak havoc in the crease. His skating has improved so he can be a load to cover as he heads down the ice with the puck. He has a pro shot and he has pro toughness. Now all he needs is playing time. Last season Minnesota gave him six games and he didn’t score a point. Will he score his first NHL point in Las Vegas?
Here’s Tuch talking about cracking the Vegas lineup:
Collectors can find NHL licensed rookie cards of Alex Tuch in 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Hockey and 2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. He also has cards in Upper Deck’s 2016-17 AHL Hockey set as well.
Sometimes power forwards take a little longer to have an impact at the NHL level. For Tuch, that’ll happen this year or next year.
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