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Wings GM: ‘Tomas Tatar will be one of 14 forwards left standing’

Tomas Tatar

Detroit Red Wings center Tomas Tatar (21) of Slovakia chases the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


It would’ve been easy for Detroit Red Wings 22-year-old forward Tomas Tatar to be discouraged coming into training camp this year. After the team signed Daniel Alfredsson and brought back Dan Cleary, things are a bit crowded at forward for the team.

He might breathe a little easier today.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland told reporters today things are looking very up for the young Slovak.

“Tomas Tatar will be one of 14 forwards left standing,” he said.

Tatar is one of 16 forwards vying to make the team out of camp and reports earlier in the week had him feeling frustrated over the amount of competition, as’s Ansar Khan reported.

After seeing the way he and Gustav Nyquist broke out last season (four goals, three assists in 18 games), it’s understandable why they could be frustrated about possibly having to go back to the AHL again this year.

As for now, it looks like Tatar is sticking around and the question shifts to who out of the 16 could be headed out of town.

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