Note to Alex Tuch: you clearly have the hands for the NHL, but the celebrations might need a bit of work.
During Tuesday’s prospect scrimmage, Tuch scored one of more creative shootout goals we’ll see all summer, putting the puck between his legs, pulling it back up to his backhand, toe-dragging and popping the puck past the netminder. The goal itself is a must-see, but it’s the celebration after that really steals the show:
Well, that was interesting. It’s not often you see a 6-foot-4, 213-pound player display hands like that, and ever more rare to see that same player attempt to punctuate such a beautiful goal with a celebration that includes both a “sheathing” of his hockey stick and walking on ice past the opposition bench. The celebration looks as if it was pulled right from Monty Python’s “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch.
Tuch was selected in the first round, 18th overall, by the Wild in 2014 and scored 14 goals and 28 points this past season with Boston College. The gigantic winger – and he’s only 19, so he still has time to mature into his frame, which is a scary thought – also spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in the USHL, scoring 17 goals and 42 points over 64 games.
While he probably won’t be suiting up for the Minnesota Wild this season – Tuch still hasn’t signed his entry-level deal – we look forward to the day he gets his first crack at the shootout in the NHL. All eyes will be on Tuch, hoping to see his signature high-stepping, walking-on-ice post-goal celebration.