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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barrie Colts 2018 NHL Draft Prospects: Tyler Tucker. #OHL #NHLdraft


Tyler Tucker is ranked 171st among North American draft eligible players by NHL Central Scouting.

Tucker was selected 14th overall by the Barrie Colts at the 2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft. He made his OHL debut during the 2016-17 season. His rookie season saw him contribute 1 goal and 13 assists over 62 regular season games. Though, this season was a struggle for the Colts; Tucker managed to log steady ice time and was always hard to play against. He finished the season with 51 penalty minutes and a -12.

Tucker made huge strides through the 2017-18 season and became one of the teams most reliable blue liners. He ended the regular season with 3 goals and 20 assists, while accumulating 87 penalty minutes and improving his +/- to a solid +27. Tucker served a bit of time in the box, but anyone who regularly follows the OHL knows that heavy hitters generally spend a significant amount of time in the penalty box.

Though, Barrie didn't have the run that they had hoped for in the 2017-18 post-season; Tucker really stepped up his game posting 3 goals and adding 3 assists through 12 playoff games. His 6 points were the 8th most among Barrie Colts players, and 2nd most for defencemen on the team and 15th for defencemen league wide.

Tucker is known league wide for being on of the hardest, if not the hardest hitter in the OHL. If only the league tracked hits. He never shy's away from making contact, and when he does, he usually flat-lines opponents. Tyler uses his size well and is always strong when battling in the corners. He also isn't one to step away from fighting, even when going after giants like Winnipeg Jets prospect, Logan Stanley.


He even showed that he can come up with big goals in important games. Here he is scoring a pair of goals, including the game winner in OT on March, 29th 2018 to tie the series against the Mississauga Steelheads to tie the playoff series 2-2.


Oh, did we mention that Tucker can hit?


Physicality aside, Tucker has developed well over two seasons with the Colts and will be a top piece on the teams back end this upcoming season. His skating keeps improving, and he has become more self aware when he should make a big hit, or focus on staying with the play when headed into the defencive zone. While reading those plays were more of a struggle for him last season (he just ran over everything that moved in an opposing jersey), he now makes better decisions and reads plays well. One of his biggest attributes is his willingness to take a shot from the point. He has a good shot, and also does a nice job of just getting the puck to the net. Any NHL team looking for a reliable defencemen who scares opposing players would be smart to take a look at, and draft Tyler Tucker.

Date of birth: March, 1st 2000.
Place of birth: Longlac, Ont.
Position: D.
Height: 6'1
Weight: 205 lbs
Handedness: Left.

Rankings:
Ranked #171 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)

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