Alex Tuch is coming back to New York State

The twenty-five-year-old forward is going to the Buffalo Sabres as part of the Jack Eichel trade.

The Buffalo Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights completed a blockbuster trade on Thursday that involved Jack Eichel and a 2023 third round draft pick going to the Golden Knights. In return, the Sabres received Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, a 2022 first round draft pick, and a 2023 second round pick – there are conditions attached to all three draft picks.

Alex Tuch going to the Buffalo Sabres is homecoming of sorts. He was born and raised in the Syracuse area, about 150 miles east of Buffalo. At age 15 he played for the Syracuse Stars, a AAA junior hockey team. From there he moved on to the United States National Team Developmental Program (USNTDP). After completing that program, Tuch played two seasons of Division I college hockey for Boston College.

Prior to his first season at Boston College, Alex Tuch was taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (eighteenth overall) by the Minnesota Wild. After his time at Boston College, he played one season for the Wild’s AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild. In June of 2017, Tuch was traded by the Wild to the Vegas Golden Knights where he was given the opportunity to show off the talent that made him a first round draft pick.

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Alex Tuch was an integral part of the Golden Knights run to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. During the regular season he scored fifteen goals, and added an additional ten points during the playoff run. The following season he put up twenty goals and fifty-two points, and had established himself as one of the most promising young power forwards in the NHL. Injuries derailed his third NHL season, but he got back on track last season – scoring eighteen goals in fifty-five games.

In July of this year, Tuch had successful shoulder surgery that has a six month recovery timeline. Currently on injured reserve, he won’t play for the Sabres until at least February of next year. Even if he doesn’t play right away, the addition of Tuch will bolster what is becoming an impressive core of young talent the Buffalo Sabres are putting together. Tuch, Rasmus Dahlin, Peyton Krebs, Dylan Cozens, Owen Power, Ryan Johnson, Jack Quinn, JJ Peterka are all twenty-five years of age or younger – with Victor Olofsson just missing this group as he is twenty-six.

Things have been tough for the Buffalo Sabres, but better days are coming. Bringing Alex Tuch back to his home state will certainly help that process along.

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