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Born Dec 20 1989 -- Toronto, ONT

Height 6.02 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots R

yet another NCAA signing by general manager Mike Gillis. Tanev is said to be a very intelligent player who works angles and positioning to his advantage. He should be a good addition to the Moose roster for the upcoming season.

Tanev certainly has helped the Tigers and is one of the key players in their stunning run to the Frozen Four. He was the best freshman defenseman in the Atlantic Hockey Association this year, and he led the Tigers — as well as the entire conference — in plus-minus rating. His current number is a phenomenal plus-35 counting the Tigers two NCAA Tournament victories over Denver and New Hampshire

Tanev was named AHA Rookie of the Year and during the regular season he finished third among all freshmen — not just defensemen — in points with 26 on nine goals and 17 assists. Even more impressive, despite being one of the leaders in ice time, and constantly playing with partner Dan Ringwald against the opponent’s best scoring lines, he has taken only two minor penalties this year.Tanev is not a physical presence, but he has a long reach, understands angles, and is a fluid player with the puck.

“Right away the whole team noticed his poise and intelligence,” Wilson said. “We got him in here and he’s grown to be about 6-2. We thought he’d be good, but to say that he would be this good might have been a stretch on our part.”“We thought when he got here, ‘oh boy,’ and when he gets another year or two of physical maturity, I think his potential is unlimited,” Wilson said.

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Here are some of his accomplishments.

2009-2010 NCAA (AHA) All-Rookie Team

NCAA (AHA) Regular Season Champion

NCAA (AHA) Rookie of the Year

NCAA (AHA) Third All-Conference Team

A few quotes.

Chris was a real late bloomer who grew almost six inches during his final year of juniors. He is a very skilled player who can be a dominant defenseman as he gets stronger. Chris is an excellent passer who moves the puck very well and has a great shot. — Coach Wilson
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Amazing pick up by Gillis! He has all the tools to make it to the NHL, and the comments really do pump the fans up for this kid. I really am loving Gillis' pick ups...

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Amazing pick up by Gillis! He has all the tools to make it to the NHL, and the comments really do pump the fans up for this kid. I really am loving Gillis' pick ups...

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Gillis loves college players. It also seems like he looks for players with accomplishments of any kind.

Alot of players he's signing won Rookie of the Year awards, or were selected to All-Star teams.

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You can see Gillis really fishin for some young D prospects. Hopefully all these signings leads to the next stud d-man.

At 185 lbs, Tanev will need to bulk up, but 6'2" is good. Im not sure of the d-man situation in Manitoba, but he will probably start in Victoria.

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You can see Gillis really fishin for some young D prospects. Hopefully all these signings leads to the next stud d-man.

At 185 lbs, Tanev will need to bulk up, but 6'2" is good. Im not sure of the d-man situation in Manitoba, but he will probably start in Victoria.

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"He was a very sought-after free agent," Gilman said. "He's a pretty good offensive player and he's definitely a guy we think has upside as an offensive defenceman."

Most of the Canuck prospects, plus those drafted this year, will attend a camp in Vancouver beginning July 5.

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Connauton-Tanev

Damn its like Pronger and Chara together

Future looks bright for us :D

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him being a right handed shot makes him likely to be Salo's replacement a year or 2 down the road if he can translate his game well in the pros.

very interested to see how he does at camp.

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It is great to sign college free agents. We boost our depth in prospects and we don't use up draft picks.

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Connauton-Tanev

Damn its like Pronger and Chara together

Future looks bright for us :D

Minus the height, physical play and great two way ability. But okay.. :P

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Connauton-Tanev

Damn its like Pronger and Chara together

Future looks bright for us :D

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i love Gillis, he's trying to find some hidden gems through college hockey. smart moves.

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Does anyone know if other teams were pursuing Tanev?

Had he not signed, would he have been eligible for the upcoming draft?

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Good signing.I like this better than having a second or third pick this year as he's a year or two older and already proven he can play at the next level.

I'm thinking that some of our rookie D will have to play in Victoria to start as they can't ice an all rookie D-corps in Manitoba so they'll need a few veterans to mentor these guys along.It'll be a dogfight to see who makes the Moose and can stick with them for the year.

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