Riley Tufte

Aaron Vickers

Tufte is a big power forward who has solid mobility and skilled hands. He is hulking and rangy, able to move around defenders with a fluid stride and strong stick reach, which he uses to protect the puck. He is most effective when he uses his big body to protect the puck. He possesses very powerful first strides, which he uses to rush through the neutral zone. Tufte is able to get rid of back-pressing forwards with only two to three strides. His big size helps him to drive the net very aggressively and successfully screen the goaltender. He is extremely hard for defenders to move and he is present in after- whistle scrums. Given his size, Tufte has no reason to be afraid of board battles and he wins most of them. He has very good sense of what each play calls for. He isn’t afraid to play a simple game if it means he will have success, as evidenced by his decisions to chip and chase, beating the defender to the puck and setting up a teammate from the backdoor. He could use his quick hands to try deking around defenders, but instead simplifies his play if the situation calls for it. Tufte has a deadly wrist shot, which is NHL-quality in release and velocity. What looks like an effortless flick of the wrist can become a lethal bar down snipe. When he had the puck on his stick with a head of steam, there was nobody at the high school level who could stop him. He uses his reach to his advantage in the defensive zone and when picking up his man on the backcheck, extending his reach to wrap around the puck carrier in an effort to get his stick on the puck. Tufte is a big power forward who can draw defenders in and keep them off of the puck at the same time. He will help his future teams offensively and as a power play threat deep in the offensive zone as he will find a way to get the puck to the net at all costs.   (May 2016)