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Multi-category AHL stud, has not replicated yet in NHL


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December 2023 – Tufte has made the most of his time with AHL Colorado and is currently their leading scorer with 10 goals and 20 points in 22 contests. He is putting up nearly 4 SOG per game and has 32 PIM in that span as well, making him a multi-category beast. Unfortunately the big winger (also being tried at center on occasion) has been unable to hold down an NHL fourth-line role despite multiple attempts, but he is likely the call-up of choice when the next injury strikes. He has managed 2 points, 7 SOG, and 7 hits in his 5 NHL games with the Avs which isn’t nothing for poolies in deep leagues, but this is likely his upside if his aTOI stays at 11 minutes during his call-ups. Time on the checking line would indicate his real potential, but his physicality is lackluster for his size. Hayden Soboleski

February 2023 – After a lacklustre training camp, Tufte found himself playing for the AHL’s Texas Stars once again. His physical game did not waiver, but partway through the season, he went on an offensive tear, leading the Dallas Stars to call him up to play a few games. His offensive game did not translate the way Dallas needed it to and he was subsequently sent back down. It would not be surprising if Tufte found himself in the middle of a trade this season. – Taylor Newby

June 2022 – Tufte, a 6-6 speedy and agile giant looks like he could have a full time shot in the NHL next season. Despite underwhelming point totals in both the NHL (10 games, one point) and AHL (54 games, 20 points), his intelligent physical game sets him apart from most bottom-6 forwards. If he makes the NHL out of training camp, expect Tufte’s game to shine with some more experienced linemates.

It has been reported that there are some tensions between Tufte and the Stars after he was scratched moments before a game in his home state of Minnesota. Being an RFA, it is not impossible Tufte is used as a trade chip in the off-season. Aaron Itovitch

August 2020 – After three seasons of very pedestrian point totals in the NCAA (64 points in 121 games) it may be safe to say that Tufte will not be an offensive dynamo at the NHL level. Since leaving High School after his draft year, at no point has Tufte been relied upon as the main aspect of his team’s offensive, which in turn has led to him starting the refinement of his defensive game. Tufte does still have a massive frame and should he further refine his offensive and defensive prowess in the AHL during the 2020-21 season, he could provide some secondary scoring from the bottom six in the 2021-22 season and beyond. Jordan Lambe

April 2019 – For back-to-back seasons, Tufte and the University of Minnesota-Duluth are National Champions. Although his production dropped to 19 points in 42 games after registering 29 points last season, he was an integral part to the on-going success of Duluth. Currently, all signs point to him returning for his fourth season with the Bulldogs. This may be somewhat concerning for Stars fans as he could potentially be a free agent at the end of next season. Although some are quick to label the pick as a bust, he has an intriguing skillset. He is a large forward who can skate well and has good hands. He is often able to make plays in tight and uses his big frame to drive to the net. Although he may not be producing at a huge rate, he is a physically mature player who should be able to transition to professional hockey fairly well. Stars fans should be watching the former first round pick in the coming years as the Stars will look to lure Tufte to Dallas instead of pursuing free agency. Brandon Floyd

January 2018 – The big bodied forward, Riley Tufte, earned a spot on the US World Junior team amongst a stellar pool of options. Tufte struggled a bit in the loss to Slovakia, but brings size and speed that can’t be overlooked. During collegiate play this season he has been terrific as he has recorded eight goals in 19 games, while delivering big hits and making his presence felt. He should have a fantastic second half of the season for UMD as he’s a mismatch for any defender. Matt Kowalski

April 2017 – The imposing forward played in the NCAA National Championship with University of Minnesota Duluth. They were beaten by Denver three to two, but Tufte scored a huge goal in the third period to keep their hopes alive. It was his signature type of goal, a puck that dropped in the crease and Tufte muscled it home. During his postseason play, he tallied one goal and two assists, playing left-wing on the third-line. It was a nice end to Riley’s season after struggling for most of the first half. He turned it all around in January and ended with nine goals and seven assists with a plus-15, which isn’t bad considering how he started the year. He’ll play at UMD again next year, likely with a larger role. He’s a couple years away, but he should garner some fantasy attention. -Matt Kowalski

December 2016 – The University of Minnesota Duluth freshman didn’t play in his first game until middle of October due to a broken wrist suffered in evaluation camp. He’s registered just one point as he’s getting acclimated to the college level. Riley has been playing wing on the third line, while getting some minutes on the second power-play unit. Viewed as a guy that will need years of seasoning, he’ll likely play all four years at UMD. Matt Kowalski

August 2016 – Tufte injured his wrist this week at USA Junior Evaluation Camp and will sit out the rest of camp due to precautions. It doesn’t seem like anything serious, but he will take some time so he’s healthy for UMD this Fall. Matt Kowalski

June 2016 – The Dallas Stars drafted Tufte in the 2016 NHL draft out of Blaine HS (MN), and will attend University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall. He possesses great skating ability, fantastic hands, and a big frame to take away vision from the opposition’s goaltender. Tufte had an amazing high school campaign at Blaine High School. He was named Mr. Hockey in 2016 as the best high school player in Minnesota, a prestigious award that brings a lot of recognition. As a senior, he tallied a massive 78 points in 25 games for his high school, with 47 goals. Even more impressive is that Minnesota high school hockey is considered the best in the country. He ended up playing 27 games for the Fargo Force of the USHL, continuing his development. Everyone compares him to his childhood friend, Nick Bjugstad. The comparison to Bjugstad might be a little generous at this stage of his development, but he does possess that big body and scoring ability, especially around the net. It’s worth noting that Riley has Type 1 diabetes, but it doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about.

Tufte will continue his development at UMD, while playing under an excellent coaching staff. While in college, he’ll face terrific competition in the NCHC that will prepare him for pro hockey. Look for him to add some strength and round out his game while at Duluth. The winger should be a nice fit for the Stars in a few years. He’s expected to be a stud college player, so you’ll be hearing his name within the college ranks. Matt Kowalski

Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 10, 1998
Height 6‘6”
Weight 236 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 25


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Blaine HighUSHS-MN24 2 13 4|Playoffs2 0 00
 2013-2014 Blaine HighUSHS-MN25 17 1835 26|Playoffs3 0 22
 2014-2015 B16 - Red (Final 54)MNHP-163 2 02 -|        
  Team Kelly USA-S166 3 47 -|        
  Blaine HighMN State3 2 24 2|        
  Team MPLS Magazine UMHSEHL21 12 921 33|Playoffs3 0 22
  Blaine HighUSHS-MN24 23 2851 30|Playoffs3 4 48
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP7 0 11 6|        
  Fargo ForceUSHL7 1 45 2|        
  USA U17WHC-176 0 11 4|        
 2015-2016 Blaine HighUSHS-MN25 47 3178 53|Playoffs2 2 57
  B17 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-173 2 46 -|        
  Fargo ForceUSHL27 10 414 30|        
  Team Red USA-S175 0 77 4|        
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA37 9 716 26|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA42 16 1329 36|        
  USA U20WJC-207 0 33 2|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA42 9 1019 30|        
 2019-2020 Texas StarsAHL53 3 1215 42|        
 2020-2021 Texas StarsAHL36 3 69 32|        
 2021-2022 Dallas StarsNHL10 1 01 4|        
  Texas StarsAHL54 10 1020 36|Playoffs1 0 00
 2022-2023 Dallas StarsNHL3 0 00 0|        
  Texas StarsAHL63 19 1635 90|Playoffs8 0 33
 2023-2024 Colorado AvalancheNHL5 1 12 2|        
  Colorado EaglesAHL67 23 2245 91|Playoffs3 0 11