3. Alex Tuch
There were a lot of questions surrounding Alex Tuch heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After enduring an injury-ravaged regular-season, there was pressure on Tuch to rediscover the ingredients that led to a breakout year in 2018-19 with 52 points (20 G, 32 A) in 74 games.
While he wasn’t quite at those levels, he was pretty damn good inside The Bubble.
He looked sharp in the Round-Robin games and translated that to high-stake contests when it really mattered.
Tuch recorded eight goals and four assists for 12 points in 20 postseason games, also chipping in with three game-winning goals.
The power forward averaged 15:45 minutes of ice time while recording 46 hits and nine takeaways.
But, more importantly, Tuch looked like his old self and played with the confidence that made him a breakout star a year ago.
He combined all his best attributes – speed, power, size and brute force – to great effect and nobody can crash to the net like Tuch can.
There is no doubt that Tuch has all the attributes needed to be a real X-Factor on the third-line for the Golden Knights and if he can stay healthy, as he did in the Playoffs, then the Golden Knights could have yet another high-end potent offensive weapon at their disposal.