Tyler Tucker returns for a third season on the Barrie Colts blue line after a sophomore campaign where he recorded 23 points in 59 games.
The Longlac, Ont., native was originally a first round pick by the team in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and developed into a seventh round pick by the St. Louis Blues in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Tucker took time to answer some questions and share his outlook on the season ahead.
What was it like to experience your first NHL Training Camp as a St. Louis Blues prospect?
“I had a great time last week. It was awesome to be around the pro vets.”
What feedback did you get from the pro coaches that you will bring to your game this season?
“The coaches were very helpful throughout last week. They were able to really get in our heads and allow us to get a good feel of how much faster and how much better the next level is.”
How nice was it to compete alongside OHL stars like Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou instead of against them?
“Yeah, those guys are something special. Obviously I had the privilege to play with them last week for four games and it was definitely better playing with them and against them. They bring a lot of stuff to the table that’s for sure.”
What are your personal goals for this season?
“I want to be tough to play against every game, every shift. I want to be a plus player throughout the year, bring a little more offence to my game, and just be a good leader around the younger guys.”
What can fans expect from the Colts in 2018-19?
“I think a lot. We have a lot of veteran players that are returning back to Barrie. I think our core of rookies are pretty talented. I’ve skated with them a few times now and they seem to bring a lot to the table so if we can all gel together I think we’ll have something special here in Barrie.”
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