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#27 Tomas Tatar
Pos: Left Wing
D.O.B.: 12/1/90
From: Ilava, Czech
Height: 5'11
Weight: 176
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2009 draft 2nd rnd 60th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed by Detroit (NHL) 9/18/09
Plus: Great skater with good speed... Natural goal scorer has Excellent hands and a great shot... Creative skater has the skill to beat a defenseman 1 on 1...
Minus: Undersized... Inconsistent...
Organizational Comments: Wings Asst GM Jim Nill: "He has a chance to be a high-end player. He's got Hudler's head and hands, but he's a very good skater. He can make quick plays."
What GRC says: 2012-13: Tatar slumped a bit after returning from Detroit, as he tried to be too fancy and stopped going to the net. When he simplified his game, he caught fire and notched 16 goals in 24 games to capture the Butterfield trophy as playoff MVP. With 78 shots on goal in the postseason, Tatar terrorized goalies with his ability to get open and get a shot off and was a dominant force. He has proven everything he can in the AHL and will be graduating to the next level next year.
2011-12: Tatar's offense still has not hit the plateau expected of him, but his all around game and his intensity level have improved greatly since the start of the season. He notched 13 goals in the second half and was red hot the last few weeks of the season, looking like he had found another gear. He may battle for a spot in Detroit at camp, but probably will return to Grand Rapids for another season. 2010-11: The speedy winger came back from his first NHL recall energized and his game reflected it. He used his speed better and really took the puck to the net, scoring 15 goals in the second half. He really stepped up to become a go-to player and should have a monster season next year if he is in the AHL.
2009-10: Tatar continued his meteoric rise to prominence in the hierarchy of the organization's prospects with a torrid first half. A surprise to make the AHL roster, the Slovakian rookie had a short adjustment period before reeling off 8 goals and 10 assists in 17 games, sandwiched around a successful stint at the World Junior Championships. Tatar was never the same player after the tournament, he struggled to contribute offensively at times and appeared to have lost some of the magic. The skilled winger continued to work hard and looked to be finding the range again as the season wound down. Expect big things from Tatar next season where a year of experience and a summer of conditioning will be a big help.
Fall 2009: Tatar almost came from nowhere with a top showing at the world junior championships, and has not slowed down since. He excelled at the prospects tournament and upped the ante once regular training camp began. His play earned him a 3 yr contract, and an opportunity to win a job in the AHL this season. Tomas is a skilled sniper who should be a big point producer in whatever league he plays in.
Role: Scoring Forward
Projection: NHL top 6 forward


9/18/09 Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL)
9/24/09 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
12/14/09 Assigned to Slovakian Jr Team
1/5/10 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/12/10 Assigned to Slovakian National Team
9/30/10 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
10/1/10 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/3/10 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
12/31/10 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/11/11 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
1/15/11 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/24/11 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/11/11 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
10/2/11 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
12/15/11 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
12/16/11 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
2/16/12 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
2/18/12 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
4/16/12 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
9/14/12 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)
9/14/12 Assigned to SHK 37 Piestany (SLO)
10/8/12 Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL)