Detroit Red Wings‘ 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft (#60 overall), Slovakian-born left wing Tomas Tatar(27) was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2013 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs for his part in Grand Rapid Griffins‘ championship win.
His 16 goals were a postseason best and he finished tied for second in scoring with 21 points.
Within the first couple of weeks of the NHL reconvening the small-ish 5’10” 185 lbs. forward was called up and playing consistently in the show. In 18 games, he proved his abilities to compete with 4 goals and 3 assists before being once again sent back down.
He was recalled and reassigned numerous times in 2011/2012, but never appeared in a game as he did in he sophomore season, when he notched his first big league goal in 8 appearances.
The still only 22-year old with four years of North American pro hockey playing experience has another campaign left on his 3-year entry level deal (two seasons of slides due to his young age) and will likely find himself with a full-time role in the show for 2013/2014.