Red Wings take Tatar with second 2nd-rounder
Tomas Kopecky and Marian Hossa were Red Wings last season. Tomas Tatar might be the next Slovak Red Wing.
The 5-10 center was taken by Detroit with its second second-round pick (60th overall). Tatar is an explosive offensive threat who made a big name for himself in the Slovak's successful World Junior Championships run, finishing fourth in that tournament in scoring. (Where he was a teammate of Tomas Kopecky's younger brother.)
Tatar played for Zvolen of the Slovak elite league last season. As does Ferraro, Tatar has the potential to be a top-six forward.
International Scouting Services rated Tatar No. 41 in this draft. The Hockey News had him at No. 51. He was No. 14 among European skaters as ranked by the NHL's Central Scouting.
"Tatar has great hands and a tremendous shot," said ISS. "He is a strong skater who can avoid defenders and create space in a multitude of manners."
Tatar's defense is rated as average by most sources, creating an offense/defense dichotomy.
Tatar told Central Scouting that his favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings and his favorite player is Martin St. Louis.
"He is smaller than others, but strong with the puck," said Tatar of St. Louis. "He has great hockey sense and scoring ability."