Wings’ Tomas Tatar isn’t satisfied with breakout season

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit -- He took one step last season, and now Tomas Tatar wants to take another in what appears could be a promising NHL career.

Tatar led the Red Wings last season with 29 goals, and while playing all 82 games, he had 27 assists for 56 points — third on the team behind Henrik Zetterberg (66 points) and Pavel Datsyuk (65).

But Tatar, 24, felt he could have done even more.

As a young player still learning the NHL, Tatar knows where he wants, and can, improve upon.

“You want to get better, you know never how the season will go, but I’m just going to try to be a little more consistent this season,” said Tatar, who tied with Datsyuk to lead the Red Wings with three playoff goals in their first-round loss to Tampa Bay.

“It’s not like I wasn’t happy (with the regular season) but you can always be better,” Tatar said. “You can be more 100 percent in games. You can’t be on and off. You have to work on that and have that all around game.

“You can always work on stuff for a new season pick up new experiences. I worked hard over the summer to be prepared.”

Tatar wants to eliminate, as much as he can, the slumps or goal-scoring droughts that plagued him last season.

“Even if things aren’t going well, and you’re not feeling good, you try to make the simple plays and do the right stuff in a game,” Tatar said. “Make the simple plays and feel good about youself. It’s a long season, 82 games, but you can always make the simple, good plays out there.”

Tatar is excited about the naming of new coach Jeff Blashill.

While in Grand Rapids, Tatar was the Calder Cup-winning team that Blashill coached in 2013.

“We know the job he did down there (in Grand Rapids), won an AHL championship, and I believe we have a real good chance to do it here,” Tatar said. “We have a great team, great leadership and we have two new guys (Brad Richards, Mike Green) who will be good additiosn to this team and will help us.

“We’re excited to start the season.”

Ice chips

Red Wings forward Drew Miller said on the large number of young players on the Red Wings roster is a positive.

“You have to go in hungry and ready to go,” said Miller, who’ll be in a battle for playing time on the fourth line. “I’ve been on the other side where you’re pushing hard every day and you’re fighting for that spot, and now on the flip side, one of the veteran guys, you’re fighting to keep your spot and prove you belong there.”

... Several Red Wings will be in attendance Sunday for the annual HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena.

Autogragh sessions will be held throughout the day, and tours of the locker room will be available.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at the Joe Louis Arena box office, any Ticketmaster outlet and at detroitredwings.com.

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