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With The 15th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Alex Tuch

Alex Tuch
Age: 18
Position: Right Wing / Center
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215lbs
Junior Team: (USHL) US National Team Development Program
Stats: 56 GP / 11 G / 14 A / 25 P / 23 PIM

The 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft begins on June 27th and ends on June 28th this year and the Detroit Red Wings own the fifteenth pick in the draft.

Alex Tuch is ranked 12th among North American players by Central Scouting and 14th by International Scouting.

New York Hockey Journal talked to Alex Tuch about his game.

“I’m a big, strong, skilled power forward with good vision who can play all areas of the ice,” Tuch said.

He has committed to play at Boston College for the next few seasons and if the Red Wings are the team to draft him, then he is three years away from joining the team.

The Detroit Red Wings seem to like college players because it gives them two to three years to develop and become more complete players.

Danny DeKeyser, Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, Jimmy Howard, Luke Glendening, and Brendan Smith all played in the NCAA.

Alex Tuch’s breakdown:

Assets:

  1. Size - He is 6’3″, 215 pounds and still growing.
  1. Offense - He has 40 goals and 90 points in 117 games with the USNDTP, that is good for .77 points per game.
  1. Shot - Has a strong slap shot and an accurate wrist shot.

Flaws:

  1. Speed - Tuch does not have high-end speed, but at 6’3″ that is not a big part of his game.
  1. Skating Stride - Tuch’s stride is decent for a player his size, but if he can continue to improve it could increase his speed on the ice.
  1. Physicality – Uses his frame well when the puck is on his stick, but needs to work on his physicality and body position without the puck.

NHL Comparable:

  1. Tomas Holmstrom – Good hand-eye coordination and could be an asset on the power play in front of the net in a few years.
  1. Justin Abdelkader – Has a good shot like Abdelkader, but will be more of a piano mover and used to create space in the ice.
  1. Jordan Staal – A second/third line player, who has an offensive upside and is a physical player.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

Alex Tuch would give the Detroit Red Wings a big, strong power forward, who has had a knack for scoring and knows how to use his size to create room.

Career Potential:

A second or third line power forward, who has good hand-eye coordination and could be an asset in front of the net on the power play.

 

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