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Player Review: Brandon Tanev

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Brandon Tanev was once one of the worst forwards in the NHL. This is no longer the case.

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Since signing with the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent out of college, Brandon Tanev has improved a lot. A couple seasons ago, he was one of the worst forwards in the league. Now he is not one of the worst forwards in the league, but it still might benefit the Jets if they let him walk during free agency.

Player Season Team Position GP TOI G A P P1 P/60 P1/60 GS GS/60 CF CA C+/- CF% Rel CF%
BRANDON.TANEV 2018-2019 WPG L 80 944 11 13 24 20 1.53 1.27 26.95 1.71 851 894 -43 48.77 0.1

As you can see, Tanev is definitely not one of the worst forwards in the league. A few seasons ago, he is now an average forward on the Jets which means he is no longer a liability. Furthermore, he has scored over ten goals this year and is no longer a black hole of offence. That combined with his speed means that he was an asset to the Jets this past season and could remain one if they can sign him for a bargain contract.

The problems surrounding the Jets keeping Tanev do not have to do with his game or his skill; instead it has to do with the salary cap and how little the Jets will have this summer. They have many younger players to sign and Tanev should be put on the back burner. If he leaves, they can replace him internally with someone like Jack Roslovic or externally by someone who will cost less.

Tanev have improved immensely since he first came to the team. He is able to make actual plays and not just skate fast. He might have priced himself out of the Jets plans, but thankfully they have players to replace him internally AND Tanev can go get paid by a team that can afford to do so. Lucky number 13 indeed.