The Detroit Red Wings certainly started the week on a good note. According to TSN’s Pierre Lebrun, the organization has come to an agreement with forward Tomas Tatar on a new three year deal. The new contract is worth approximately $8.25m.
Tatar was an essential part of the Wings success this past season. The 23 year old forward finished sixth in points for the Wings with 19 goals and 20 assists last season. I’d gladly pay the annual price of $2.75m for those numbers any day of the week.
This is a wonderful signing for the Detroit Red Wings. Tomas Tatar has plenty of potential and will only improve moving forward. Tatar has explosive speed, a wicked wrist shot and is no stranger to deking out his opponents. He has certainly benefited from being under the leadership of guys like Pavel Datsuyk and Henrik Zetterberg.
What I like most about this signing is that it speaks to the exceptional talent that the Detroit Red Wings minor team has available. Tomas Tatar is just one of the many players that have worked their way up from the minor leagues and into the Red Wings NHL roster. Gystov Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Brendan Smith are a few other examples. The Wings just seem to have wonderful success drafting talented young players and more importantly, keeping them.
I believe this is one of the main reasons the Detroit Red Wings have made 22 consecutive playoff appearances. This team continues to build balanced rosters for head Coach Mike Babcock to work with year after year. And Tomas Tatar is a player that has embraced Babcock’s style of play and found success. There is no doubt in my mind that this kid will score more than 20 goals this season.
The Detroit Red Wings will be expecting to make it much further into the playoffs this season. In order to accomplish this goal, I believe there are a few players that need to bounce back from disappointing seasons last year. Forwards Darren Helm and Daniel Clearly really need to contribute more this upcoming season. Yes, they struggled with injuries, but these two guys only combined for a total of 28 points. That point tally is far below what Babcock and fans are used to seeing from these guys, especially Darren Helm.
Goalie Jimmy Howard will also be hoping to erase a disappointing season. Howard also struggled with injury, and only won 21 of his 51 games played. This is well below average for a goalie of his quality.
However if Gustov Nyquist and Tomas Tatar can build off last year’s success, this team will be well on their way to launching another lengthy playoff campaign. Plus, if veterans Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk can avoid injuries, there is no telling where this team will end up this year. It will be interesting to see how veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson will do this season as well.