Tomas Tatar has done his time on the Grand Rapids Griffins. It hasn’t been as long as other prospects, but when he has been called up to play on the Detroit Red Wings’ roster in emergency situations, he has shown a spark and a passionate playing ability – something this team desperately needs from its young players.
He scored his first NHL goal against Dwayne Roloson on the New Year’s Eve game in 2010 to tie the score (even if we lost in overtime anyway).
With the injuries mounting on this current Red Wings roster, Tatar got the call up. In seven games played, he has two goals and two assists for four points. The goals he has scored have been pretty impressive – or at least emp0wering – and the assists he’s had show that he’s meshing well with his linemates.
So why doesn’t he play more? He’s a young gun that looks poised to make the jump into the NHL.
The initial answer to this is obvious: There are far too many forwards for the Red Wings. Already, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves take turns being healthy scratches pretty much every other game. However, with the lengthy injuries of Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen and the mysterious back problems of Darren Helm, Tatar is being given his time on the roster.
With the return of Franzen coming sooner and sooner, Tatar’s time is coming to an end. But that’s not saying the rookie hasn’t made the most of it. He’s made an impression with his team mates and with fans on how he carries himself both on and off the ice.
It’s safe to say that whenever Tatar makes the full-time jump from the minors to the NHL, he will be a welcome addition to the Red Wings roster. And while some fans may have a problem with him solely because he may be called up before Gustav Nyquist (who also deserves a spot on the roster, don’t get me wrong), not many will find a problem with it.