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Pilot’s Logbook 2018-19: Brandon Tanev

Blocking shots, scoring goals, and… possibly having rocket boots as a superpower? Twenty seven year old Brandon Tanev may not be breaking any NHL milestones despite having a career year, but with a looming UFA status and the Jets up against the cap as they are, has he played himself right out of Winnipeg with that career year?

BRANDON TANEV
#13 – LEFT WING
6’0″ / 180 lbs / Age: 27

THE NUMBERS

BRANDON TANEV 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 80 14 15 29 9 41 127 11.0 219 14:07 81 278 22 18
Career 195 24 27 51 16 87 264 9.1 447 12:44 170 601 61 41
BRANDON TANEV 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON ADVANCED STATS
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 80 956.1 855 910 48.4 -0.1 632 669 48.6 0.1 33 7.3 29 93.8 101.1 41.7 58.3
Career 195 2090.9 1755 1902 48.0 -1.7 1281 1371 48.3 -1.5 66 7.2 60 93.8 101.0 41.9 58.1

CONTRACT STATUS

This past season was the first and only year of a one year, $1,150,000 deal signed on July 22, 2018. Roslovic will be an unrestricted free agent when his contract expires July 2020 (Source: NHLNumbers.com)

PLAYER’S SEASON IN REVIEW

Tanev started out the year with a bang after receiving a boarding major and game misconduct from boarding St. Louis Blues player Ryan O’Reilly, he received no supplemental discipline from the league but it was clear from the beginning of the season that Tanev was ready to go full force, and he did.  The 2018-2019 season was a career year for Tanev who more than doubled his goals and points from previous years, and was one of the most reliable players on the ice this year. This season saw Tanev as one third of the TLC line along with Adam Lowry and Andrew Copp, which not only was a fan favorite but was also the fourth most productive fourth line this season. The left winger capped his season off with an injury that caused him to miss the last two games with a broken finger that required surgery.

THE PLAYOFFS

Brandon Tanev 2019 Playoff Stats
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 5 1 1 2 0 0 10 10.0 15 13:45 8 17 5 1
Career 22 5 3 8 -4 11 42 11.9 64 13:25 27 61 7 10
Brandon Tanev 2019 Playoff Advanced Stats
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 5 68.8 54 70 43.5 -8.3 44 47 48.4 -2.1 2 6.7 5 85.7 92.4 26.1 73.9
Career 22 295.2 260 324 44.5 -9.3 196 222 46.9 -6.8 7 4.9 14 91.3 96.2 31.3 68.7

The start of the playoffs for Tanev were filled with uncertainty, he had been listed as day-to-day initially but the organization hinted that he would be back at some point for the first series. In the postseason media availability it was announced that Tanev had to have surgery on his finger, while it would have healed by itself surgery was the best option in order to have a chance at making it back in time for the series at all. Tanev missed the first game but returned for the second. Despite being scoreless in his first game back, he came up big in the third match of the series by scoring a goal that would end up being the game winning goal.

WHAT WE SAID A YEAR AGO

Tanev’s future looked murky at the start of the season after signing a one year extension last summer. With his strong regular season and recent playoff surge he has certainly earned another contract from the Jets. Tanev will most likely sign a modest 2-3 year deal around the $1-1.5 million mark and will continue to be a valuable contributor in the bottom six.

Pilot’s Logbook 17-18: Brandon Tanev

FUTURE OUTLOOK

The sky’s the limit for Brandon Tanev, unfortunately that sky may not be in Winnipeg.  It’s been said numerous times that he could have very well played himself out of a contract in Winnipeg with the solid year he’s had. If Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff manages to find a price that will work for both Tanev and fit Winnipeg’s tight cap space, expect to see Tanev continuing to play third or fourth line but has proven capable of playing up in the second line when injury strikes.

FINAL GRADE:  B