“He hits a lot harder than me. It hits like a truck.”
The visit of the Canadian to Buffalo, earlier this week, made it possible to hear from Luke Tuch. The Canadiens’ 2020 second-round pick, the Boston University Terriers forward is the younger brother of Sabers right-winger Alex.
“I had the opportunity to watch a few matches. Luke plays very well. He seems to have added some speed to his game, which allows him to be a little more efficient in attack,” noted the 26-year-old American.
At 20 years old, the younger brother Tuch begins his third season in the university ranks. Friday night, in a 2-1 loss to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, he was his team’s only scorer. It was his third goal of the season.
“He suffered an injury this summer that kept him out of the World Junior Championship. He had to do rehab over the summer, but showed up to camp in very good physical shape. I am very proud of him,” said the big brother, who had made the jump to the professionals after two seasons at Boston College, the great rival of the Terriers.
Will Luke do the same at the end of this campaign or will he prefer to finish his studies in arts and sciences?
“I have no idea of his plans. He still has a long season ahead of him. In my family, we live day to day. I’m still looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him.”
At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Luke Tuch definitely has the physical maturity to make the jump.
Lane Hutson leads the charge
Tuch’s teammate with the Terriers, Lane Hutson continued his strong start to the season. On Saturday, the Canadian’s second-round pick in the last draft scored the tying goal in the final minutes of the third period before scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
The defender now has a record of three goals and five assists in seven games.
Looking to the future
The Canadian being in a period of reconstruction, it is full of young hopefuls in Laval, in the Canadian junior circuits, the American university network and in Europe. Each week, Le Journal will publish a review of some of them.
WHL | Jared Davidson
The Seattle Thunderbirds forward had another strong weekend. 5th round choice of the Canadian in 2022, he added three points to his record on Friday. His second goal of the match turned out to be the winning goal. The following day, he added a goal to his record to bring his tally to 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in nine games. He ranks 12th in WHL scoring, first on his team.
NCAA | Blake Biondi
Over the weekend, the Canadian’s 2020 4th-round pick doubled his output. The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs forward was instrumental in the game-winning goal Friday in a 3-2 win over Cornell. The next day, against this same team, he scored his second goal of the season, in a 4-2 victory. Note that both of his goals were scored on the power play.
SM-Liiga | Oliver Kapanen
For the Finnish Elite League side, Oliver Kapanen was an important cog in KalPa’s 2-0 win over Lukko on Friday. He participated in the two goals of his formation, scoring the victory. After a slow start, the second round choice of the Canadian in 2021, has a record of four goals and as many assists in 17 games.
SM-Liiga | Petteri Nurmi
Also in Finland, defender Petteri Nurmi had a good weekend. In a loss of 3 to 2, he made himself an accomplice of the two goals of his formation (HPK). Two points collected at even strength. A 2022 7th-round pick, the 20-year-old had his busiest night of the season with a 21:53 min.
OHL | Cedrick Guindon
The Owen Sound Attack center actively contributed to his team’s three wins. Thursday, he scored the winning goal against the Barrie Colts. Two days later, his two assists contributed to a 5-2 win over the Guelph Storm. Today, against the Kingston Frontenacs, the Canadian’s 4th round pick again scored the winning goal, in addition to adding two assists.
QMJHL | Riley Kidney
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan have had their share of troubles this season, but that hasn’t stopped Riley Kidney from collecting points on a regular basis. The 2021 2nd-round pick was credited with an assist in each of the two games he played this weekend. In 14 games since the start of the campaign, the 19-year-old forward has collected 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists).