Alex Tuch's leadership

As the Sabres start to move forward for 2024, Alex Tuch should be a strong candidate for captain next season.
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A month ago, the Buffalo Sabres lost Captain Kyle Okposo due to an in-season trade to the Florida Panthers. The question remains as to who will replace Okposo next season as not only the captain but leader both on and off the ice. One strong candidate should be forward Alex Tuch.

Ahead of the trade deadline, Tuch was deemed untouchable by both local and national press. The reason was Tuch's strong performance since joining Buffalo in 2021 via trade. During the last two seasons, Tuch has had at least 50 points. His plus-minus ice time over the last two years has been strong. It was +14 last season and +7 this season.

Tuch also has 16 game-winning goals over the past two years. Despite Buffalo more than likely missing the playoffs again, Tuch's clutch play has gotten them in the thick of the playoff race. That is something that hasn't been said before his arrival.

At the IIHF World Championship a year ago, Tuch was named an alternate captain ahead of the games, representing the United States. Under his leadership, they finished 4th.

Okposo was a leader both on and off the ice. He represented the Sabres and the city of Buffalo as well during a tumultuous period. Alex could be the next leader the team needs to step up. Back in January when Okposo missed a few games due to injury, Tuch was named an alternate captain.

During that period, head coach Dan Granato commented that many players looked up to Tuch as a player and leader.

Over the past four games, Tuch has had a least one assist in each game. Last night against the Washington Capitals, he had a three-point game with a goal and two assists. His leadership and ability to find the open shooter will be invaluable for the Sabres for the rest of this season and at the start of next season.

The Syracuse native and the Sabres play this Friday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.