By John Vogl
Junior team: United States U-18 (USHL)
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 213 pounds
2013-14 stats: 53 games, 28 goals, 32 assists, 60 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 12 (North America)
Lowdown: There were plenty of times Tuch would tie up his inline skates, stop at his neighbor’s house to chat and dream of playing for the Buffalo Sabres. The guy next door knew a thing or two about that. He was Tim Connolly.
Tuch sought the center’s advice often through the years as he burned up the youth competition in Syracuse. Tuch left Baldwinsville for Michigan after his sophomore year of high school to play in the U.S. National Team Development Program. He’s done well enough to catch the eye of perennial NCAA power Boston College, and he will dress for the Eagles this fall.
Tuch has the big shot to go with his big size, particularly when he has room to wind up. He’s able to drive the net and create traffic or bury rebounds. His forechecking is stellar. He could grow into a prototypical power forward.
They said it: “You do notice his size out there, but Alex has really good hands and vision. He's becoming more physical. He's a good scorer. He's got a real heavy shot. More important, his hockey IQ is really good. He wants to be a hockey player, but he's also aware that there's a lot of work that goes into that.'' – Danton Cole, U.S. under-18 coach, to Syracuse.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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