Tyler Tucker has had an explosive start and a steady season to follow. Now, let’s catch up.
Blues Defensive Prospect, Tyler Tucker has now played 40 games this season with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. He’s scored 8 goals and has registered 24 assists for 32 points. I’ve already covered Tyler’s impressive start to the season and you can read that here: Prospect Update: Tyler Tucker Has Beyond Impressed.
“I personally did not expect this much offensive production. I’m surprised, and I’m pleased. Let’s just say that right now, The Blues look really, really smart for picking up Tyler in the 7th round of the 2018 NHL Draft.” (11/1/2018)
In a nutshell, Tyler had 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in his first 15 games. If you’re interested in the details, read the post I linked above. There’s also an interview with Ryan Noble from A Very Barrie Colts blog, who’s got a close eye on Tucker and has been a fantastic source of information.
When reading, you’ll see that there are comparisons to Tyler Tucker’s previous campaigns with the Colts. He was on pace to beat career totals, early.
In a connecting piece, Tyler Tucker: Playing More Disciplined, Continuing Success, I discussed how Tyler was taking fewer penalties and continuing to get on the scoresheet. He’d slowed down a bit, but that was to be expected. When that article was written, Tyler had played 26 games. He’d found the net 7 times, and he had 16 assists on the season for 23 points.
“Tucker’s career highs in the OHL previously were 3 goals and 20 assists in 59 games played. Obviously, he’s smoking those numbers now.” (11/30/2018)
I mentioned interviewing Ryan Noble. I’ve been fortunate to have kept up with him this season. There have been a lot of changes taking place for the Barrie Colts and Tyler Tucker has been a stone set in place. I asked Ryan to tell you in a nutshell, what’s going on, and why Tucker has been called on to lead. Here’s what he had to say…
“Tucker is a guy you can utilize in any situation. He will go out, run someone over and then set up a goal. His teammates really like him, and so does head coach, Dale Hawerchuk. Actually, since the Colts traded captain Justin Murray to the Saginaw Spirit, he looks to be a leading candidate to be named captain. Tucker is a reliable player and will stand up for teammates. He even makes his defensive partner better. We are seeing that now especially as he’s adjusting to a new defence partner. While Christopher Cameron is a solid player, since being paired with Tucker he has quickly improved.”
-Ryan Noble (A Very Barrie Colts Blog)
Asked about naming a new captain, Dale Hawerchuk told me they hope to address that in the next week or so. Got to figure Tyler Tucker would be a leading candidate to sport the ‘C.’ A fierce competitor, Tucker has taken a leading role this season. Love how much he hates to lose.
— Gene Pereira (@GenePereira1) January 11, 2019
The Blues saw something in Tucker. He’s giving them a little bit more than they asked for.
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