Vegas Golden Knights First Half Report Cards: Forwards

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Jonathan Marchessault #81 and Reilly Smith #19 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the game at T-Mobile Arena on December 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Jonathan Marchessault #81 and Reilly Smith #19 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the game at T-Mobile Arena on December 17, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Alex Tuch

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 7: Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the game at T-Mobile Arena on January 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 7: Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against the New York Rangers during the game at T-Mobile Arena on January 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images) /

I didn’t expect Alex Tuch to have such an impact in his rookie year for the Golden Knights. This player has been sensational to watch. He’s single handily taken over games due to his 6’4 220-pound stature and his surprising speed.

He’s one of my favorite Golden Knights players to watch. He creates scoring chances from all areas of the ice, and he’s not afraid to use his size for physicality. He also logs some power play time and usually stands right in front of the opposing goaltender to take away the netminders eyes.

Despite not having the most offensive linemates at even strength in Brendan Leipsic and Cody Eakin, Tuch has more than respectable numbers for a third line player. The Syracuse, New York native totaled nine goals, 12 assists and 21 points in 37 games played. Let’s remember he’s a rookie, and he is just getting warmed up.

He does make errors just like any other rookie 21-year old would. However, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to Tuch. He should become an excellent player for this organization for years to come.

Grade: B-