"I will give Tuchs a ton of credit for his off-ice work," Bombardir said. "He has gone home this summer and he has come in in great shape — incredible shape.
"He’s done a ton of work, and you can see it — that was a challenge to him, and I think he embraced it," the Wild official added of Tuch, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound 19-year-old whom the Wild drafted in the first round in 2014.
It’s been said that there’s no negotiation in the style of play Wild head coach Mike Yeo demands from his players. In large part, he wants tough skaters who play relentlessly, with extreme focus. The talented Reilly could be well on his way to playing under Yeo’s tutelage in the not-too-distant future, judging by the sound of things.
"Mike is a talented kid," Bombardir said of the recent Minnesota Gophers star. "He’s come in and tried his best to really blend in with the rest of the guys. You know, that’s what good leaders do, and he’s done that.
"Quality, quality individual," Bombardir added of Reilly. "And I think his talent speaks for itself."
All things considered, it was a solid week of team building for the Wild’s young prospects.
"We just love the fact that these guys get to know one another," Bombardir noted, reflecting on the week. "A college kid, maybe playing with a major junior player . . . I think we build the foundation here, starting with these guys.
"Eventually you’ll start seeing some of these guys playing," Bombardir added. "Just remember that that relationship was built at these development camps, in the middle of the summer. . ."