Team: USNTDP (USHL)
Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York
Projected: Top Ten-Mid First Round
2014 might as well end up being characterized as the year of the power forward. So far, you have seen Michael Dal Colle, Jake Virtanen, Nick Ritchie, Brendan Perlini, and Adrian Kempe. The sixth power forward we will preview, Alex Tuch, is a hulking right wing that has committed to Boston College for the 2014-2015 season along with USNDTP teammate Sonny Milano.
Tuch's biggest asset is his size but he also is very skilled at protecting the puck, boasts a very hard shot, is a tenacious forechecker, has good speed for a big guy, and possesses very solid on-ice vision. This season, he has fit in very well with Jack Eichel and Sonny Milano as a guy who goes into the dirty areas and brings the muscle.
Where He Would Fit
At the number eleven spot, the Predators are in the beginning of the area where you would expect Alex Tuch to go. I cannot see, however, Tuch as a player the Predators would be interested in reaching for because he would bring the same qualities several players already deliver in Nashville's system. These are the same traits he shows now on a line with Eichel and Milano; grit, hard work, and a little bit of offense to boot.