February 02, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have called up forward Alex Tuch from the AHL, putting their 2014 first-round draft pick in position to make his NHL debut.

The Wild made the move on Thursday, their off day. They play at Vancouver on Saturday.

Tuch was the 18th overall selection in 2014 before he played two seasons at Boston College while tallying 32 goals and 30 assists in 77 games. In his first professional season for the Iowa Wild, the 20-year-old Tuch has 11 goals and 11 assists in 34 games. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound native of Syracuse, New York, who is one of several promising prospects in the Wild's system, played in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday.

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