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Tatar traded to Golden Knights by Red Wings

Forward sent to Vegas for three draft picks @NHLdotcom

Tomas Tatar was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Detroit received a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft for the 27-year-old forward.

"I didn't want to give up any of our young players," Vegas general manager George McPhee said. "I didn't want to take anything out of our lineup. And I did not want to give assets away for rental players. So we were delighted to be able to pick up Tomas Tatar for draft picks today."


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Tatar, who has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 62 games this season, signed a four-year contract with the Red Wings on July 21, 2017.

Selected by Detroit in the second round (No. 60) in the 2009 NHL Draft, Tatar has 222 points (115 goals, 107 assists) in 407 NHL games.

"He's quick. He's competitive and he can score," McPhee said. "He scored 20 goals a season over the last three years and he's on that pace to do it again. ... He can play left side, right side. He can play up and down the lineup. We just added another good player to our team. Again, he's a mature player, but he's still young." 

The Golden Knights (41-16-4) lead the second-place San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division by 11 points and are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the most in the NHL. Vegas hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Monday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).

The Red Wings (26-26-10) are five points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Video: The crew discuss the Tatar to VGK trade

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