Alex Turcotte

Los Angeles Kings
The Draft Analyst

Fantasy Summary

A complete two-way centre with elite speed and offensive tools. The entire package.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 26, 2001
Height 5‘11”
Weight 186 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 5

Observations

October 2019 – The University of Wisconsin freshman made his NCAA debut and collected an assist in his first game. He followed up that performance next game by nabbing his first and second goals of the season. Badgers head coach Tony Granato has made it known that Turcotte will be the teams top line center and see much of his playing time with Linus Weissbach and former USNTDP teammate Cole Caufield. The two should have a strong connection after playing alongside each other for a few years prior to their move to the NCAA. The offensive ability of Turcotte has never been a concern and neither is his work ethic and compete level at both ends of the rink. The 18-year-old center will need to grow physically and work on his durability in order to get ready for the grind of a long 82 game season, especially after only suiting up for 37 games with the USNTDP last year. Julian Mongillo

 

July 2019 – The newest selection of the Los Angeles Kings, Turcotte is a highly skilled center out of the US National Team Development Program. He was hurt at the beginning of last season but was still able to finish with 62 points in 37 games.  The fifth overall selection is known highly for his tenacious in your face style game and two way versatility. The young 18-year-old has the ability to see the game well from both ends of the ice and prides himself on playing a complete 200 foot game with top end offensive skill. Turcotte has a large tool box at his disposal including a good wrist shot and quick release as well as the poise to be dominant in the face off circle that with time to develop will allow him to be an asset anywhere in the lineup. Turcotte is a fast and mobile skater who always keeps his feet moving. In a new era of NHL where speed and skill highlight the qualities of a good player Turcotte will need to work on developing his edgework, change of pace speed, and explore the creative side of his game. Turcotte will have the opportunity to continue to develop while playing NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin next season with fellow USNTDP teammate Cole Caulfield before turning pro. Julian Mongillo

 

June 2019 – Turcotte has been drafted fifth overall by the Kings.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2019 – Turcotte was officially measured at 5-foot-11.25 and 186 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

April 2019 – Turcotte has continued his stellar draft-eligible campaign. He completed the USHL portion of his NTDP season as the league leader in points-per-game (2.14) by recording 12 goals and 34 points in just 16 contests. The bullish, two-way centre has been spectacular offensively despite playing away from uber-prospect, Jack Hughes at even-strength. With the value NHL organizations are placing on pivots, Turcotte likely won’t have to wait long to hear his name called on draft day. Cam Robinson

 

February 2019 – After missing several months to begin his draft-eligible campaign, Turcotte is back healthy and producing at a high rate. Turcotte posted near-historic numbers with the U17 team a season ago before transitioning to the U18 team down the stretch. 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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Brick Invitational 6 6 7 13 6 |          
 2013-2014 Orchard Lake United-Red QC Int PW 2 1 0 1 2 |          
 2014-2015 Honeybaked Bantam Minor AAA HPMBHL 21 13 19 32 22 |          
 2015-2016 CYA Bantam Major AAA HPBHL 18 16 17 33 26 |          
 2016-2017 Chicago Mission U16 HPHL U16 20 11 24 35 8 |          
  Chicago Mission 16U Midget - - - - - |          
  Team Teal USA-S15 3 1 4 5 - |          
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 31 8 24 32 14 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 39 15 32 47 14 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 19 3 13 16 8 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 3 3 6 2 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 2 3 5 2 |          
 2018-2019 USNTDP Juniors USHL 16 12 22 34 14 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 37 27 35 62 22 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 4 5 9 4 |          
 2019-2020 Univ. of Wisconsin NCAA 4 3 5 8 4 |          

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