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Continued: Wild takes 'big power forward' Alex Tuch in first round of NHL draft

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 28, 2014 - 11:27 AM

In 2011-12, Tuch set the Empire Junior Hockey League scoring record with 101 points (44 goals) in 40 games as a 15-year-old. He came with 75 family members and friends from New York, and has a 12-year-old twin brother and sister.

It was a forward-heavy first round with 25 taken. No goalies were taken, no Minnesotans.

In recent years, the Wild has gone for size, trading for Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle and drafting such forwards as Kurtis Gabriel, Tyler Graovac, Raphael Bussieres, Mario Lucia and Avery Peterson.

“There were a lot of small, skilled players, real good players that were picked,” Fletcher said. “But it is a bit of a copycat league. The bottom line is with the way the rules have been since coming out of [the ’04-05 lockout], it’s just hard to restrain anymore.

“Any time you can get guys that are big and can skate, it is hard to stop. That’s why we love Alex Tuch so much. This guy can skate, he’s big and strong. He can shoot the puck. He’s going to be a handful for people to defend against.”

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