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Alex Tuch to make NHL debut for Wild on Saturday

Forward selected by Minnesota at No. 18 in 2014 draft is expected to play at Canucks

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Forward Alex Tuch, selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 18th pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to make his NHL debut for the Wild at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, FS-N, NHL.TV).

Tuch, 20, was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

"Couldn't be any more excited about being called up," Tuch told Startribune.com. "I'm happy I get to share the experience with my parents who have done everything for me since the beginning. Still hasn't set in yet but can't wait to get to Vancouver."

Tuch (6-foot-4, 217 pounds) has 11 goals and 22 points in 34 games as a rookie in Iowa this season. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract April 13, 2016, after two seasons at Boston College in Hockey East. 

"I think the [Wild management] wants a top-six power forward; a guy who will get in the corners and hold on to the puck and who can skate with the best of them," Tuch told NHL.com in September. "I think I can skate well for my size."

Tuch represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship, and won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship.

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