I'm with ya. His passing is more than decent and he's def not a bottom pairing d-man. Pronman did his prospect report and said, last yr, Tanev is a top 4 d-man on most NHL teams. Due to Vans depth, he was held down. His underlying #'s say he's already a top 4 d-man on any team. With more time in the minors and ability work work on his offense, I really would like to see this kid next to Edler next season. I think he's exactly the type of partner Edler needs at even strength.
Tanev's best skill is to quickly get to a puck and effectively pass it up the ice, out of pressure and heading in the direction of the offensive zone. Last year we were having trouble getting the puck out, it was stunting our offense, and we called up Chris and immediately the team improved. He is a beaut!
But I do question him in a "stopper role?" He had trouble doing just what I stated above on the top defensive match up pairing with Hamhuis in game 1 versus L.A. Too much relentless pressure from Brown etcetera. But considering his passing, overall poise and smart position play; it actually lends to a specialist role with Edler?
If we further specialize our D, like we do with granting offensive zone starts for the Twins, his solid position play and passing might make it a natural as a specialist offensive pairing (and Garrison could play with Edler on the PP)?
- Hamhuis / Bieksa plays top defensive match up and PK
- Edler / Tanev take top offensive draws
- Garrison / Ballard plays 2knd defensive match up and secondary offensive starts.
Really it becomes a top 6 versus top 4 and spreads the minute, but allows each pair ideal match ups...
I dont see him beating out Jason Garrison to get on the second pairing. When there's an injury though its nice to have Ballard or Tanev to step up.