Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here is an aggregated profile on Alex Turcotte.
Date of birth: February 26th, 2001
Height: 5’11″ / 180 cm
Weight: 185 lbs / 84 kg
Profile: Turcotte had a tough season due to injury and then getting mononucleosis later in the year. When healthy, he’s an outstanding two-way centre without any real flaws in his game. Turcotte’s lethal combination of speed, skill and strength has made him a top prospect for several years. His defensive play and high-end skill has drawn comparisons to Jonathan Toews and Brad Marchand.
Alfie’s son is a 200 foot centre with decent size and elite feet and hands. His wide skating base and strong edging work allows him rapid change in direction. Unfazed by venturing into the dirty battle areas. He can finish and his puck-handling, high hockey instincts, and soft hands rate up near the top of the class. An injury-riddled year has set him back a bit, but I wouldn’t count him out of being taken in the early part of the first round. Has great speed, an extra gear and displays strong edging. Has really good patience in his possessions, and will rile defenses into over commitment, and then place the biscuit on a teammates stick for a shot. He plays fast because he is able to slow the action down in his head and use his hands and stick abilities to surprise offensively, and in the two other zones to beat opposition to the puck with his intense compete level. He will fearlessly take a hit, kills penalties, block shots and more importantly is an improving in the dot. Has built a two-way game. His high end skill, balance, explosive feet and terrific touch and handles in tight spaces, is enough to make NHL suitors think the end product is going to something special. Has seen action as a winger. Committed to the University of Wisconsin. – Bill Placzek, Draft Site
The Wisconsin commit blends exceptional defensive play with high-end speed and skill. Has played second fiddle to Jack Hughes for years, but is beginning to step out of his shadow. A coaches dream. – Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects
Alex’s personality is a blend between Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand because he’s so agitating like Marchand but will never give you the time of day like Crosby. Just the way he carries himself on the ice is very annoying to the other team because he’s so good and so versatile. He can go right through you or dangle you. – USDP coach John Wroblewski
Powerful center with excellent playmaking abilities and game-changing speed who has the potential to become a top-line pivot in the NHL. Turcotte is a low-maintenance center in that he can excel in both optimal and non-optimal conditions, plus handle physicality better than most offensive forwards. He is a fast, agile skater with a wide, powerful stride and the balance of a seasoned NHL power forward. Getting knocked off the puck while he’s either static or moving is something you rarely see.
Turcotte possesses superior vision and passing ability, and it’s clear from his first shift that he understands the game’s intricacies and nuances that require a center to develop chemistry with his linemates. He plays smart hockey with his head on a swivel and attacks with decisiveness, maintaining situational awareness no matter how fast he’s motoring up ice. Turcotte is one of the few draft-eligible forwards who can time his passes with precision while moving as fast as he can. Although he seems to like to defer to the pass, Turcotte owns a hard, accurate wrist shot with a quick release, and he’s proven to snap off high-velocity shots within tight windows. – Steve Kournianos , The Draft Analyst
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