Chris Tanev looking to add offence
"Chris Tanev says his plan this summer is to work on his shot.
Good idea. It’s always better to be part of the solution than the problem.
Not that Tanev, a young defenceman with considerable up-side, is expected to fill the net for a team that found itself challenged to score goals down the stretch run and particularly in the playoffs.
But it can’t hurt his chances to play a larger role on the team next season.
Tanev, 22, has distinguished himself as a steady, stay-at-home D-man who makes an impeccable first pass and rarely commits a coverage mistake in his own end. The other side of it is that the 6-foot-2, 187-pound Toronto native, being a classic late-bloomer and late-grower, still needs to get bigger and stronger to be the complete package in the NHL. He uses terrific stick skills to win the majority of his puck battles, but more size and strength would add considerably to his game.
This, Tanev plans to continue addressing this summer, when he’ll train for the second consecutive off-season with fitness consultant Gary Roberts. Last summer’s work showed this past season, as Tanev was able to bring a more physical approach at times to his precision game.
What the future brings: There’s a feeling that there’s potentially more to Tanev’s game than the shut-down D-man we’ve seen so far. He was on the first-unit power play at RIT, but his shot at the NHL level simply isn’t good enough. There’s a reason why Tanev is still looking for his first NHL goal and that he’s only had the confidence to take 39 shots in 64 NHL regular-season and playoff games. More strength training this summer will help the shot, as will spending extra time working on it."