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Blackhawks Draft Resume: Alex Turcotte

He grew up in Chicago, lit the lamp with the USNTDP and should be available in the 2019 NHL Draft. Meet Alex Turcotte.

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, the Blackhawks will make their highest pick since 2007 - when they selected a teenager from Buffalo named Patrick Kane first overall. This week, Blackhawks.com will take a look at five top prospects Chicago will likely be considering if consensus top picks Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are off the board in Vancouver. 

Next up is homegrown center Alex Turcotte of the U.S. National Team Development Program:

 

Experience

Chicago Mission U16 (2016-2017)

  • Racked up 35 points (11G, 24A) with the Chicago Mission of the High Performance Hockey League

U.S. National Team Development Program (2017-2019)

  • Played with the USNTDP at the Juniors, U17 and U18 level 
  • Averaged almost two points per game in 2018-19 with 62 points in 37 games
  • Finished 6th on the USNTDP in scoring despite missing almost half the season
  • His points per game ranked second on the team behind only Jack Hughes

 

The Tape

Watch: Youtube Video

 

Watch: Youtube Video

 

Watch: Youtube Video

 

What They're Saying

"Brings a high level of determination in his game and combines that with being a very good skater and an honest two-way player...Averaging almost two points per game not playing with Jack Hughes - who happens to be his roomate - Turcotte has no shortage of offensive ability." - The Hockey News (#10 prospect in 2019 NHL Draft, #5 Center)

"Turcotte is not undersized by today's standards. He has the best blend of skill and hockey IQ on the board. He is a natural center who also sees time at left wing. Although his top speed is only around average, perhaps a little bit above, he gets there really quickly. He struggled with lower body injuries at times this year, but when he played, he produced, out shining Jack Hughes on a point per game basis." - Ryan Wagman, Yahoo Sports (#6 prospect in 2019 NHL Draft, #3 Center)

"Turcotte had a tough season, missing time due to injury and contracting mononucleosis late in the season. When healthy, though, he was awesome and a dominant center at the USHL level. He's a well-rounded prospect without any clear weakness in his game and a lot of high-end elements. He's a great skater with a clean stride and can barrel down the wing with speed. Turcotte's speed is good, not overwhelming, but he's got a fantastic first step and a great overall pace to his game." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic (#3 prospect in 2019 NHL Draft, #2 Center)

What He's Saying 

Video: One-on-one: Alex Turcotte

 

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