2knd game he was fine on the third pair. And we handily outplayed LA, but could not score. Not his fault, but illustrates that he is absolutely fine as long as sheltered without key responsibilities.
I completely agree. I see Tanev developing into a Hamhuis type player, not overly physical, but always in the right position defensively. I don't think he's to far away either. In the last 15 or so games (reg season), he showed he can handle more mins and tough competition - wasn't on the ice for a single EV goal against.
Some people posted that Tanev & Hammer were brutal in gm 1, which is not accurate at all. The only reason they were split up is cause Edler-Bieksa pairing was horrible - they were on the ice for 3 of the 4 goals against, so they had to be split up. Tanev, Edler, Rome had the best chance differential in gm 1. Tanev also played the 4th most shorthanded time, and was the only guy of that group to not be on the ice for a PP goal against or EV goal against.
Defensively speaking, Tanev is in a league of his own for young defensemen. His underlying numbers are absurd, truly absurd.
Somebody else mentioned Tanev could gain weight and be a defensive stopper. Tanev is 22; and gained 10lbs last off season training with Gary Roberts to get to his current weight. No way, without steroids, a guy gets another 15/20 lbs of pure muscle while playing as aerobically demanding a game as hockey. A 180 lb defensive defence-man is a recipe waiting a coach like Sutter to play a guy like Brown or Penner every shift to punish him into submission. Didn't we just watch that happen?
It became fine when he was backed off the top defensive pair with Hamhuis. So that makes Tanev a fantastically effective depth guy. But; our team lacks a rush the puck defender, and a big mean right sided guy. That means he is taking up a roster spot we sorely need for another player we have not found yet. If we keep him perennially as our 7th defender / depth guy, great. Otherwise he is stop gap!
He's still young. Players that play his style get better as they age. Not every defenseman has to rush the puck or be on the PP. Tanev will become one of the most steady players on our blue line in the next few years. His hockey knowledge is impeccable. He's usually very smart with the puck and is a calm presence on the ice.
Offense isn't everything, especially for a defenseman. Tanev is a defensive defenseman not an offensive 'Erik Karlsson' type d-man. Give him time and he'll bloom.