Montreal chose to take a big left winger from the US development program with its first pick in the second round
After a number of first-round talents entered the second round of this year’s NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens had the opportunity to put a player above their 47th place in the General classification They chose to go in a different direction, however, selecting Luke Tuch, the younger brother of Vegas Golden Knights player Alex Tuch.
We didn’t write a pre-draft profile for Tuch while preparing for this year’s selections, but our sister site All About the Jersey has you covered
After the Max Domi for the Josh Anderson swap, Marc Bergevin has indicated that he feels it is important to get taller up front. Tuch’s selection fits that goal incredibly well, as his executive attests to. 6 feet 2 inches and 203 pounds But since Tuch was drafted long before his # 70 in our consensus ranking, the question is whether he has the skills to go with that size.
It’s no surprise that he can make his way through the offensive zone, he’s very strong on the puck and will win a lot of puck battles. What is somewhat surprising is his agility, which was rated as impressive given his size His offensive outing relies mainly on his ability to get inside and his gentle hands to tip up close
Overall, skating is an area for improvement, as it has a bit of a clumsy stride but it has good balance, and that’s not so surprising as a 6’2 ”18 years who haven’t even grown in their frame needs a little work on this front If he can add some extra gear and soften his stride a bit, he projects himself as a solid two-way forward who could make Montreal’s top six in the future
Defensively, he anticipates plays well to create turnovers, and his aforementioned ability to win puck battles is as much of an advantage in his own zone as he is on offense. He also played the penalty for the US development team, and given that, I really like that his personal penalty minutes total seem to have dropped significantly over the past few years.
There aren’t many videos available on Tuch, but here is a great example of what he can do well
His team loses the face-off, but he anticipates the play, uses his length to land a pass attempt, and leans on a heavy shot for the finish There is no flash here, it’s just a very effective combination of anticipation and use of his physical attributes This is pretty much the book on Tuch – he might not be flashy, but he does things efficiently
And that’s not a bad thing when you have his physical attributes As long as he can stay in a good position – most scouts mention his poisoning and hockey IQ when talking about him – he doesn’t doesn’t need to be flashy
There is very little mention of his photo in the scout profiles, but as you can see in the video above, it’s pretty heavy He doesn’t have any sniping, and that would be nice if he could work on that as well, but given that he does a lot of his tight scoring work, he doesn’t have to be Alexander Ovechkin
Luke Tuch (47th, MTL): He wasn’t on the EliteProspects set He arrives at the front of the net and walks away Pesky with occasional flashes of NHL-caliber skill Pretty pedestrian everywhere else picTwittercom / RcbLmHAj0e
This isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement from Mr. Brown, but we have to keep in mind that he is not a player who is supposed to come and have an immediate impact in the NHL He is signed in the NCAA with Boston University for next season, so it will take a few years. before seeing him have a chance to make the Habs roster
The hope here is that some of those ‘pedestrian’ aspects of his game can take a step forward while working with a very strong hockey program in Boston
The general consensus is that he doesn’t quite match the skill level of his older brother Alex, but he does have some scoring ability that he will be looking to hone in the NCAA’s shorter schedule. league will also benefit him in terms of being able to spend more time adding muscle and working on his skating
Again, if he can improve his skating he has a potential of six to six top spots, so even though he was slightly off the table in terms of standings, he’s a good overall pick for the Habs.
« I like getting into players’ faces and I like to mix it up a bit » – Luke Tuch Said he plays a bit like Jamie Benn and approaches the game a bit like Matthew TkachukCool
If he transforms into a combination of those players that he models his game after – especially with his size – that would be fantastic High expectation, sure, but you have to love the fact that he knows what he is can bring and what type of player he can aspire to depending on his build
This reads like a very safe choice as it looks like Tuch has a high floor and should be able to smash an NHL roster once he’s finished college hockey On the road we just have to hope it’s not remembered as being too sure of a choice
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