Tatar will undergo shoulder surgery with the expectation that he'll be ready for training camp this fall, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Tatar only missed one game during the regular season, and it wasn't obvious that his shoulder was bothering him near the end of the campaign; he generated two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating in the final five games, a pleasant contrast to numerous cold spells earlier in the year. This ailment isn't likely to have much of an impact on Tatar's fantasy stock heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Tatar secured his 25th goal of the season in Sunday's finale against the Devils, ultimately bidding adieu to Joe Louis Arena, which had been home to the Red Wings since 1979. Tatar led the Red Wings in scoring, potting seven more than the next-highest producer, Andreas Athanasiou. Detroit got minimal offensive production from its blue line outside of Mike Green (36 points), and that led to more reliance on guys like Tatar. The Red Wings finally missed the playoffs after a quarter century of extending campaigns, and now the Slovakian enters the offseason as a restricted free agent.
Tatar recorded a power-play goal in Monday's 5-4 shootout win over the Senators. Tatar has accounted for roughly 10 percent of his team's goals this season, which is far and away the best rate. Unfortunately, he's short by two goals and seven assists compared to last season's totals with the man advantage. Interestingly enough, the crafty Slovakian stayed in Detroit despite rumors that he'd be shipped off at the trade deadline. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer.
Tatar tied the game Sunday against the Wild by beating Devan Dubnyk on the short side. Detroit is out of the playoff picture, but the 26-year-old forward isn't showing it. Tatar now has seven goals and three assists over the past nine games, raising his season total to 40 points. His inconsistency is a reason to be wary, though, as over these nine games he was held without a point four times. Tatar is still a valid option at wing when the matchup is favorable.
Tatar posted a pair of goals and an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday. The 26-year-old is heating up, as he has five goals and eight points in his last five games. With that, Tatar reached the 20-goal mark for the third straight season. He's pretty much on pace with his shot and shooting percentage career totals too. Tatar may be meeting expectations overall, but he does carry a disappointing minus-9 rating this season. He was a plus-24 player coming into 2016-17.
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