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If you are not a Detroit Red Wings fan, you might not be too familiar with left wing prospect Tomas Tatar, but this young forward is going to make an impact in the NHL very soon.
He is playing for the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL during the lockout, and currently shares the team lead in scoring with Gustav Nyquist. Both players have 21 points in 22 games, but Tatar has a slight edge in goals scored with 11 compared to Nyquist's eight.
As the Red Wings begin to give some of their NHL-ready prospects some experience at the highest level this season, expect Tatar to contend for a permanent spot on the roster in 2012-13.
Tatar is a gifted goal scorer with good speed and impressive hands. He also plays a physical style of hockey and understands the importance of good defensive play.
He doesn't have amazing size (5'11" and 186 pounds), but he makes up for it with the competitiveness and energy that he brings to the ice.
Expect Tatar to make the NHL roster this season and give Detroit some needed scoring depth for the team's bottom-six forward group.