By Mike Max

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Wild are getting a good look at all their prospects as part of their annual developmental camp.

Most are long shots or at minimum a few years away from the NHL, but one has his eyes set on making the roster this fall.

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It seems like there are so many all sharing an NHL dream. But some are going after it with better odds. Alex Tuch signed with the team following his college season.

“It means a great world both to me and my family. They drafted me two years ago, and nothing but respect for this organization,” Tuch said. “It’s a great honor to be drafted by them and now signed by them.”

He comes from Boston College. What he is, is big, and what he wants to be is a physical scorer. So his size has to matter.

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“Yeah it is (a big part of his game),” Tuch said. “I think my ability to protect pucks, be the first guy on the fore check, just be a physical presence out there and make room for my line mates.”

His job this week is to impress his new boss, Bruce Boudreau, who will make be making decisions on who makes his team this fall.

“I’ve talked to Alex quite a bit so far. He seems like a guy that really wants to make the team and really wants to impress,” Boudreau said. “So I’m looking forward to seeing him in actual combat.”

That’s what he needs to prove. That he’s ready for the next step, the long step, to the top hockey league in the world.

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“There is no attitude that I made the team or anything. Far from it,” Tuch said. “So hopefully another month, month and a half of hard work will get me that much closer to making this team. It’s all about hard work.”

Mike Max