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Red Wings acquire trio of picks from Vegas for Tomas Tatar

2018 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick and 2021 third-round pick headed to Detroit

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for left wing Tomas Tatar.

Tatar, 27, is tied for second on the Red Wings with 16 goals and ranks sixth on the team with 28 points (16-12-28). Tatar has spent parts of seven seasons playing for the Red Wings, compiling 222 points (115-107-222) in 407 games. The Ilava, Slovakia, native led Detroit in goals with 25 in 2016-17 during his third-consecutive 20-goal season. He also picked up seven points (3-4-7) in 17 postseason games with the team. Originally drafted in the second round (60th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tatar won a Calder Cup with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013 and was named the playoffs' most-valuable player. He totaled 196 points (87-109-196) in 265 games with the Griffins from 2009-13. Internationally, Tatar has represented Slovakia at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships (totaling 10-6-16 in 13 games), the 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Championships (totaling 8-9-17 in 29 games) and the 2014 Winter Olympics (picking up 1-1-2 in four games).

The deal gives Detroit up to 11 picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft: two picks in the first, second, third and sixth rounds; one pick in the fourth and seventh rounds; and one conditional fourth-round pick acquired last week from Philadelphia. Additionally, the team has up to 10 selections in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft: two picks in the second and fifth rounds; one pick in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds; and a conditional third-round pick acquired last week from Philadelphia. 

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