Incoming Boston College freshman forward Alex Tuch has been selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry-Level Draft on Friday night in Philadelphia.
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A Baldwinsville, New York native, Tuch becomes the second Boston College Eagle to be selected in the first round of the 2014 draft, alongside future teammate Sonny Milano. It is the first time since 2003 that Boston College can claim two first-round selections in the same draft; Brian Boyle and Patrick Eaves were the last pair to accomplish the feat.
Tuch was a teammate of Sonny Milano, also drafted on Friday evening, on the US National Under-18 team. This group won the gold medal in April at the world championships held in Finland.
As a member of the team for the 2013-14 season, Alex Tuch appeared in 61 games, scoring 64 points (29g, 35a) over the course of the year with a plus-minus rating of +35. Ironically, Milano had the same rating, though he scored more points (85).
Tuch is a right-handed shot who will look to add more offensive firepower to the Wild several years down the road. In the near term, Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles will be fortunate to have Alex Tuch producing as a top-line talent.
With the loss of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold, and Kevin Hayes – which last season arguably became one of the best (if not the best) forward line in Boston College history, there will be ample opportunity for Tuch to take on a key role on the Heights from an early age.