mikey287 wrote:I'll just state once again, that the Penguins are very high on Tangradi still and him not being higher in the lineup last season (at least in some small regard) was not a product of his play. I think he's going to be given some sort of shot this season to figure it out in a role that doesn't include working with Craig Adams.
If not, he'll continue to be a top-6 forward in WBS, which is not a joke either. If he doesn't work in the NHL, he has a pretty bright AHL future actually...he's a good fit down there from what I've heard and seen (limited on the "seen", to be honest).
He's been on the stronger WB/S pens since he arrived here. He's dominant on the puck, carries it more than anyone else on the team through the neutral zone, he's strong in the corners and can basically move some AHL defenders at will when battling for pucks. He stands out on the ice in the AHL, which is probably why the big club remains so high on him.
One of the more impressive aspects of his AHL game is seeing him read the play defensively. He has really good hockey instincts for anticipating what the other team is doing...that being said, he isn't always 100% invested defensively, which isn't out of place for 'power forward' winger.
BTW, this is a relatively small sample for me...I've seen him play 7 times while in a WB/S Pens jersey...but he's pretty darn consistent in his play, and certainly seems to be a perrenial AHL All-Star.