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The Season Outlook For Tomas Tatar

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He is coming off a breakout season when he provided some much-needed offense. That experience, and being in the lineup from the start of the season, should make him better and more productive this season.

He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kid Line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. They had good chemistry and might remain intact, unless Jurco is forced to start the season in Grand Rapids due to a roster crunch.

Despite his small stature, Tatar goes to the net and has good hands in tight. He also flashes good open-ice moves. He should improve as he gains strength. He sometimes holds onto the puck too long in the offensive zone, leading to turnovers. He could be more productive on the power play, where he'll likely continue playing on the second unit.

He aspires to be a solid two-way forward in the mold of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg but doesn't have natural defensive instincts. As long as he produces, the club will be happy.

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Reload300's avatar

Tatar has some real good hands and is a small guy not afraid to work in the crese.Sure miss him in GR but I think he can hold his own in the nhl

Posted by Reload300 on 08/25/14 at 05:13 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

He spent a good chunk of the season on the Kid Line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco. They had good chemistry and might remain intact, unless Jurco is forced to start the season in Grand Rapids due to Ken Holland’s disasterous signing of Dan Cleary.

There. Fixed that.

So this year, Tatar probably play on the third line with Sheahan and Cleary. It will be known as the Two Kids and a Millstone line.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/25/14 at 06:40 PM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/25/14 at 07:40 PM ET

That Sheahan, Tatar, Cleary line is going to be badass!!

Posted by MoreShoot on 08/26/14 at 08:14 AM ET

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