The Wings have placed Brendan Smith on IR, called up Tatar and Mrazek from Grand Rapids.
Tatar was called up to try and spark the Red WIngs secondary scoring. Tatar has 19 G, 22 A and a +13 in 44 AHL games this season. The crafty Slovak will play on the Wings second line with Datsyuk and Filppula, which gives him a great opportunity to produce.
We thought he was going to bring some energy, give us some good depth, but with Ryan Johnson and (Cory) Emmerton, (Fabian) Brunnstrom, (Tomas) Tatar, we've got some guys that can continue to push and give us depth.
Tatar is the team's top forward prospect. Last season, Tatar scored 24 goals and 57 points with the team's minor league affiliate Grand Rapid Griffins, earning a nine-game audition with the big club. He likely only makes the team if an offensive role opens up for him.