The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have acquired a 2013 7th round draft pick in return for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Tangradi.
Tangradi was selected 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. On February 26, 2009, Tangradi was traded along with Anaheim Ducks forward Chris Kunitz to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Ryan Whitney, before he even had even played an NHL game. Tangradi made his NHL debut during the last game of the next season, on April 11, 2010 against the New York Islanders, and the following season, Tangradi made the Penguins out of training camp. During a February 11, 2011, game vs. the New York Islanders Tangradi was a victim of an elbow to the head by forward Trevor Gillies. Gillies was suspended 9 games for the hit. Tangradi was sidelined for two months, due to concussion symptoms.
What does he bring to the Jets? Tangradi has demonstrated an outspoken nature which has led him to be a team leader at many stops throughout his short career. He is developing into a decent bottom six power forward and should be a key third liner for the Jets throughout the next few seasons. Definetly a low cost for a decent, young player who still has room to hone his game.
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