Pick number twenty on our Bobby to Bergy NHL Entry Level Draft Preview is Riley Tufte.
The left winger from Ham Lake Minnesota is one of the tallest forwards in this years draft, coming in at 6′ 5″, 212lbs.
“I don’t see him being a guy that’s going to be a huge pounder and the prototypical power forward, but I see him understanding how to use his size more and make that a part of his game because he’s going to have to to be a successful player in the NHL,” NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said. “There’s going to be that sweet spot somewhere in between that skilled and power forward for him in my mind. Maybe it’s a Rick Nash-type of player where he has unreal hands for a big guy but can eventually understand he’s using his size because it can give him such an advantage.”
Playing for Blaine High School, the same high school that current NHL players Nick Bjugstad and Matt Hendricks once attended, Tufte has accumulated 42 goals and 47 assists for 89 points. Tufte has committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth for the 2016-2017 season.
— Matt Todd (@wogggieee) December 30, 2015
Riley Tufte from Blaine 🔹▫️ UMD Bulldogs commit https://t.co/HY86WCSlb6
— MN Hockey Edits (@mnhockprospects) August 11, 2015
Why should the Bruins draft him?
Tufte brings some size the Bruins need at the forward group. Good hands and skating ability are things all GMs are looking for in today’s NHL. He’s an interesting candidate should the Bruins trade down from the number 14 pick into the bottom third of the first round.
Why should the Bruins pass?
Like most prospects, his defensive game still needs work. He seems to be lacking defensive instinct to break up opponents’ scoring chances, which would cause him to slip in the draft. While this could be improved in time, the Bruins tend to like defensively responsible forwards and those who have that instinct.
What do you think?