I'm quite surprised. He's only 24 (and just at that) so its not like he doesn't have a lot of room to grow.
While he hasn't impressed at the NHL level, he was near a PPG last year in the AHL. If he spends the rest of this year (and next probably) in St. John's then maybe he'll become a respectable third liner.
He was projected to be the closest thing to Kevin Stevens we'd had in the system since, well, Kevin Stevens...but for a power forward he absolutely refuses to use his size and strength to his advantage. Instead he plays like a small forward with questionable skating who gets lost in the offensive zone.
The ceiling is still there and I do think he will eventually get his **** together and be a solid NHLer...it just wasn't going to happen in Pittsburgh. Best of luck to him with you guys. I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up flourishing in Winnipeg.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Possessing great size and strength, Tangradi is first and foremost a fantastic net-front presence. He knows how to use his large frame in front of the net and can create match-up problems for opposing defensemen. He has gradually developed a similar type of warrior mentality when battling for loose pucks or playing in high-traffic areas of the ice. His on-ice awareness and vision are also above average to good. Tangradi has also demonstrated an outspoken nature which has led him to be a team leader at many stops throughout his young career.
Despite his massive size and surly on-ice disposition, the big winger was a skill-oriented player for much of his junior career and consequentially, has been learning how to play a power forward game in his last three years in the pros. He appears to have finally figured out the power forward game at the NHL level, and now must prove he is worthy of more opportunities and ice time.
Tangradi has been criticized for his flat-footed skating ability and while it surely is not a strength, there is no evidence at this point to suggest it is a major detriment either.
Tangradi will start the 2012-13 season in the NHL looking to lock down a spot in the top nine.
Tangradi was dealt by the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Winnipeg Jets in February of 2013.