by Corey Pronman
Eric Tangradi was once considered a top of the line prospect for Pittsburgh who would be that powerful, scoring winger they could plant next to Crosby or Malkin. For years though his development has not seemed to progress as planned, with his time in Pittsburgh ending with a deal to Winnipeg for a 7th round draft choice.
Tangradi is a skilled big man, who has shown some solid physical game value in terms of puck protection and some grit. The two main areas of his game that are issues have been his skating which has been an issue for many years and his ability to adjust to the pro level pace and make good decisions particularly in the NHL. Tangradi would regularly look quality in the AHL, standing out for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a top role. However when he was brought up to the top level he was caught in a tweener role where he did not have the necessary qualities required of a defensive forward and he did not have enough talent to play on a scoring line considering the holes in his game.
In Winnipeg Tangradi gets a fresh start on a team that may be willing to give him a little more offensive ice time. Tangradi’s chances seem slim to elevate his game all of a sudden, but the Jets didn’t give up much of an asset for him and at the least he has moderate potential.