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Sport Chek Prospect Profile: Riley Tufte

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators


  • Position: Left Wing
  • Date of birth: April 10, 1998
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6' 5"
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • 2015-16 team: Blaine, HIGH-MN

Scouting Report

"He has an NHL body right now, is mobile, takes the puck to the net and handles the puck well. He's one of the best high school players I've ever seen come out of Minnesota at his age, including [Florida Panthers forward] Nick Bjugstad, who also played at Blaine." - Greg Rajanen, NHL Central Scouting

"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. 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." - David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting

"I think when you have a player that big that has the mobility and the stick skills that Riley has, it makes him a tough combination to hold back and I think that will happen at every level as he adjusts to the level of play; he has that upside. He gets his shot off so quickly, he can move in traffic and get clear to make a pass or shoot the puck, and those are things that when a guy has the size that he does it's a great combination." - David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting


  • Drafted 1st overall by Fargo Force in the 2014 USHL Futures Draft.
  • Won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2014-15 U-17 World Hockey Championship.
  • Won the Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Hockey award as the most outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota in 2016.
  • Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for next season.

Tufte's mix of size, skill make him intriguing prospect

"The sky's the limit. There's some uniqueness to him being that big and that skilled. I'm talking skating ability, very good hands, so on and so forth. It's all starting to come together, but the best Riley Tufte is going to be 23 to 26 years old." - Fargo Force coach Cary Eades

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