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The Continuing Development Of Tomas Tatar

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

“If you wanted to use him with ‘Pav’ and ‘Z,’ he’d have no problem fitting in,” Holland says. “But he also can play on our third and fourth lines because he does a great job managing the puck and he plays hard.

“We like him a lot. We think he’s going to be a real good pro.”

A sliver of that is likely based on Tatar’s recent production—two goals and three points during a four-game swing through western Canada—but it’s mostly rooted in the 265 games he spent marinating with the Wings’ farm team from age 19. Detroit’s unwavering insistence on bringing players along slowly is an organizational ethic built on necessity. The Wings famously haven’t missed the playoffs since the 1989-90 campaign, winning four championships along the way. They also haven’t drafted higher than 19th overall during that entire span and their only top-10 pick in that time came in 1991, when they nabbed Martin Lapointe after nine teams had selected.

“Where we pick in the draft, we don’t get those players who are ready to come out of junior,” Holland said. “The players we pick, we think can develop into NHL players, but there’s a reason they go deeper in the draft.”


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Interesting artiicle. Especially the part at the end where its mentioned that some of this glut of talent could be packaged up and sent to another team in a trade. Aren’t the wings getting to the point where they really have to many players who will be running out of options soon? We can only have so many bottom 6 centers on the roster. I would rther see some of them leave in a trade then being waived and released a year or two from now for nothing.

Posted by lancer on 11/05/13 at 04:21 PM ET

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Lancer - Agreed.

We need to shore up the D if Smith plans to continue his highly inconsistent play. Q and Lash look uncomfortable out there every other night.

Can a premium be placed on players who’ve only passed through the DRW system and are yet to test their skills in the NHL on a night in-night out basis? Could be a kings ransom.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 11/05/13 at 05:15 PM ET

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Q and Lash look uncomfortable out there every other night.

Interesting that you bring up Quincey and his generally poor showings. He used to be one of the glut of talent the Wings had that they were forced to release with nothing in return, until they wasted a first round pick on him to get him back.

Ridiculous mistake to make in the first place, then compounded with the recent deal that hasn’t worked out too well. I hope the lesson was learned for the first part anyways.

Posted by awould on 11/05/13 at 08:04 PM ET

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Hopefully he can make some moves and get a top pairing defenseman or another forward…  like someone said earlier, got too many that are out of options next season

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 11/06/13 at 01:41 AM ET


Hopefully he can make some moves and get a top pairing defenseman or another forward…

Another forward.  Exactly what this team needs.

Posted by Garth on 11/06/13 at 02:42 PM ET

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