It’s been over two decades since the classic film “D2” was released and the world was introduced to the ‘Bash Brothers’ Fulton Reed and Dean Portman. The Minnesota Wild have a chance to recreate the “Bash Brothers” in Minneapolis with current forward Charlie Coyle and prospect Alex Tuch.
Coyle has established himself as a rising star and his mix of skill, physicality and tenacity make him tough to compete against on a night in, night out basis. The best is yet to come for the Weymouth, Ma. native, and with a new contract looming on the horizon, expect his productivity to continue.
Tuch was drafted in the first round by the Wild in this past draft and will be playing his college hockey at Boston College this fall. While he is still a ways away from the NHL as he will need to fill out his frame and widen his offensive repertoire, he is a very intriguing prospect. Power forwards who can skate and use their large frames effectively are hard to come by, and the Wild could have two of them down the line.
While playing Coyle and Tuch on the same line would create matchup nightmares, splitting them up and allowing them to wreak havoc on defenses on back to back shifts is downright scary. Once Coyle is through pulverizing defensemen on the forecheck, Tuch would come in and really tune up the opposition. This mix of skill and sandpaper to go with the already skilled core of the Wild would make them an even more intriguing threat in the Western Conference.
All of this is assuming Coyle continues on his upward trajectory and Tuch becomes a top-six NHL forward with snarl and tenacity. Given the way they have developed so far, I see no reason why both scenarios don’t become a reality. Besides, a “Bash Brothers” reunion in the Twin Cities could some day lead to the critically acclaimed film “D4: The Stanley Cup Comes to Minnesota”.