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#26 Eric Tangradi
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 2/10/89
From: Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6'4
Weight: 221
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2007 draft 2nd rnd, 42nd overall by Anaheim (NHL)
Acquired: Signed to 1-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 7/8/15
Plus: Great size and soft hands... Will drop the gloves... can power his way to the net and score from in close... Fierce hitter can play a physical game when he is on...
Minus: Streaky player needs to find more consistency...
Organizational Comments: Griffins Coach Todd Nelson "He brings a heavier game for us up fron. Nice skillset where he can score goals and provide offense along with an element of grit and passion and complements the rest of the team. It's a good fit. You take him out and we're not very big."
What GRC says: 2015-16 A midseason slump after spending time in Detroit was about the only negative on the season for the truculent winger. Tangradi still managed a healthy 12 goals in the second half giving him 28 on the season which was fourth in the AHL. He was rewarded with a two-year contract extension by Detroit for his efforts. He got off to a good start in the postseason before coming out of the lineup with an injury in the second round. A power forward in the AHL, he is a rare combination of size and talent and could see some more time in the big leagues.
2016-17 While the towering winger could not seem to shake the injury bug, there were times during the second half and the playoffs where he was absolutely dominant. He would take the puck to the net through traffic with opposing players bouncing off him or waterskiing behind him and use his soft hands to bury it. He also used his size to bang and knock around people at will, and was a terror along the boards and in the corners. He scored at a point per game pace over the second half and playoffs, notching 15 goals and 32 assists in the 46 games he played. With another season on his contract with the Wings, if he can stay healthy he could vie for another shot at the NHL with Detroit.
2017-18 After a slow start, the gritty power forward put up big numbers over the second half, posting 20 goals and 38 points. His dominant finish to the season left him tied for 4th in goals (36) 8th in points (64) in the AHL. He posted a point per game in the brief playoff run, and it isn't a coincidence that the team bowed out in the game he missed with a questionable suspension from a play that didn't garner a penalty. Tangradi is a rare combination of size, speed and skill and is an impact player at the AHL level. The veteran UFA is likely destined to move on in search of NHL job over the offseason as the lack of an NHL recall has left him looking for another opportunity.
Role: Physical Winger
Projection: NHL Bottom Six wing


7/8/15 Signed 1 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/4/15 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
12/28/15 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
12/30/15 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/24/16 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/26/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
3/21/16 Signed 2 yr contract extension with Detroit (NHL)
10/8/16 Waived by Detroit (NHL)
10/9/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/5/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)