Eric Tangradi: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Most Unproven Prospect

May 20th, 2010 by Alison Myers Leave a reply »
When then-Anaheim Ducks prospect Eric Tangradi came to the Penguins organization last February as part of a trade package, there was a lot of excitement surrounding him.

At the time, the excitement was understandable. Tangradi played three seasons for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL where he improved his point totals each season. He started off his first season in 2006-2007 with 20 points in 65 games; then tallied 60 points in 2007-2008 and 88 points in 2008-2009.

He joined Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season and put up 39 points in 65 games. He even earned a call-up to Pittsburgh in their final regular season game at the New York Islanders.

A lot of Penguins fans and writers feel that Tangradi should be in the NHL to start next season, even going as far to say he should be on a first line with Sidney Crosby.

Having watched Tangradi all season in the minors, I do not believe he is worthy of starting the 2010-2011 season in Pittsburgh.

Tangradi’s 39 points are impressive for a rookie, but at the same time, that is not enough to really blow anyone away. It would probably be more impressive if he had played con ...

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