#35 Tomas Tatar – 2009 NHL Entry Draft Rankings

Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.

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35. Tomas Tatar – Slovakia – 5’11” – 176 lbs – Slovakia – HKM Zvolen- C
One-Timer: Possessing tremendous hands and a great shot, Tatar, who had an unbelievable WJC breakout performance, also has an uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time.

Tomas Tatar
(Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

NHL Player(s) Comparison: Jiri Hudler, Zach Parise, Marty St. Louis

Bio/Interview Links:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=5942&sort=finalRank

Scouting Combine Performance: Tatar tied for 6th with 36 push-ups and 8th overall in the push-ups x body weight analysis.

International Tournaments:

As mentioned above, the WJC-U20s were Tomas’ coming out party, scoring 7 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.

ETA = 3 years

Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 3.5/5   Reward = 4/5

NHL Potential: High-skilled, offensive forward

Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.5/10   Defensive = 5/10

Other Rankings:

  • ISS: 45
  • CSB: 14-E
  • TSN: not ranked
  • THN: 51

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