Riley Tufte

Dallas Stars
Jen Fuller

Fantasy Summary

Likely multi-category stud once he reaches the NHL. He has the speed and shot to go along with his massive frame.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 10, 1998
Height 6‘6”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 25

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Blaine High USHS-MN 24 2 1 3 4 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Blaine High USHS-MN 25 17 18 35 26 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
 2014-2015 Team Kelly USA-S16 6 3 4 7 - |          
  Blaine High MN State 3 2 2 4 2 |          
  Team Northeast USHS-MN 21 12 9 21 33 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Blaine High USHS-MN 24 23 28 51 30 | Playoffs 3 4 4 8
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 7 0 1 1 6 |          
  Fargo Force USHL 7 1 4 5 2 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 0 1 1 4 |          
 2015-2016 Team Red USA-S17 5 0 7 7 4 |          
  Blaine High USHS-MN 25 47 31 78 53 | Playoffs 2 2 5 7
  Fargo Force USHL 27 10 4 14 30 |          
  USA U18 Hlinka Memorial 4 0 0 0 2 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 37 9 7 16 26 |          
 2017-2018 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 42 16 13 29 36 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 2 |          
 2018-2019 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA - - - - - |          

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