He played in 2 regular season and 10 playoff games last year. That's not nearly enough to establish anything. Tatar scored 39 points in 73 games last year and showed he was an NHL player. Those are two entirely different situations.
So that takes away that he was our best dman last year in the playoffs? Go read what Babcock and Blash had to say about him. He is better then Evans and should have been playing over him. Plain and simple.
He had several opportunities. He apparently didn't do anything in camp, practice, or 18 AHL games to prove he was better than a career minor league plug who hasn't scored a point this year.
Except he was our best Dman last year. I guess we should have gave up on Tatar this year because he started slow too. 18 games to start the year is way to small of a sample size, especially after what he did last year.