Also, I think this "he doesn't play defense" criticism of Tatar is a bit off base. I don't think he's fantastic defensively, but he does try. It's not like Brunner was a year ago. Tatar was always a two way player in the AHL, and he backchecks every shift now. He just isn't strong enough to do much once he gets back. I just think it'll take a little time to find his defensive niche in the NHL. Just like Dats had to do. He wasn't a defensive superstar when he was 185 lbs either. That's just too small to do much in the NHL. Let Tatar get stronger and he'll be fine.
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