Chris Tanev is working to bring a shooting mentality to his game. The 22-year-old, who is a sound defender and good passer, is entering the final year of his entry-level contract. He only has three assists in 64 games, but led all NCAA rookie defenseman with 28 in 41 games in 2009-10, so there is some offensive potential. Tanev has always been a "pass-first, shoot-never" blueliner, but this offseason he's working to improve his shot and change his mindset. "I'm always looking to pass first and sometimes if you're looking to pass and nothing is there, by the time you want to shoot there's no lane there," said Tanev. "There's definitely a lot of reinforcement from myself and the people around me to shoot the puck once in a while. When guys know you're going to shoot it, usually that's when the passing lanes will open up. It's something I have to get better at and I'll definitely be doing that more once camp starts."
Great news! I love tanevs solid stay at home defensive style. He's a great passer who is never selfish. Now if he can make his shot more dangerous, he could potentially be a future top 2 defenseman. He's still young and has great potential!