Tomas Tatar joined the Seattle Kraken from Colorado on December 15 as the latest club to join the NHL that needed to fill a jersey with an experienced player.
The former Canadian joined his new team to prove that he was worth more than a common fifth-round pick, the price Ron Francis had to pay to “pay” for the 33-year-old veteran.
Since becoming a member of the Kraken, Tomas Tatar has suddenly been resurrected. His total of five points in eight games, including two game-winning goals, shows that he is finally achieving his happiness this season.
Since he joined #SearackingTomas Tatar is 3-2-5 in eight games and two of his goals have been game-winners.
—Alison (@AlisonL) January 5, 2024
During his brief stay with the Avalanche, he was trying to get his bearings and played with a grip too tight to perform optimally. In 27 games in Denver, he accumulated only nine points, including just one goal, showing that he was not comfortable in this environment.
It remains critical to note that Tomas Tatar is fresh off a 20-goal, 48-point campaign (in 82 games) with the New Jersey Devils. But it is equally important to note that during the 12 playoff games he only scored one point (one goal), he, who is not characterized by being a stock soldier.
Remember that with the Montreal Canadiens he performed excellently during the regular season, but as soon as it was time to dance seriously, the number 90 suddenly became less comfortable.
His 13 points in 52 spring games are there to show that they are not just words thrown like that, but facts composed by Tatar’s stick.
That being said, with the Kraken, Tatar appears to be reconnecting with his desire to play hockey, allowing his confidence level to rise game after game. Dave Hakstol is one that allows him to thrive by using him in the first combination alongside Matty Beniers and Jordan Eberle.
– Great point about Jake Allen!
I draw a parallel between Jeff Petry and Jake Allen. Both arrived with low expectations but became cornerstones of the team, until the team surpassed them and they became outcasts.
—Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) January 7, 2024
– Joel Edmundson will play the 500th game of his career today!
CAPS TODAY: Joel Edmundson will play in his 500th career game against Los Angeles today. Edmundson, the 15th defenseman selected in 2011, ranks fifth among blueliners in his draft class in hits (937), sixth in plus/minus (+19) and blocked shots (798) and eighth in games played: https://t.co/EwA0dwZwZb pic.twitter.com/KpiYkc7cMz
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 7, 2024
– There are Bedard, Fantilli, Rossi, but also a certain Luke Hughes.
Calder Trophy race restarted? 🤔https://t.co/nWaPqUa3rn
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) January 7, 2024