Tomas Tatar who has expressed concerns this week about possibly being traded due to the Detroit Red Wings' abundance of forwards might not need to worry.

General manager Ken Holland gave the young forward a vote of confidence on Sunday saying he'll likely make the roster. Tatar has looked good in training camp.

"It's an important preseason for a guy like Tats because there's a lot of depth'' Holland said. “We got decisions to make but he'll probably be one of the guys that's one of the 14 left standing because he's young there's upside potential.

“I like Tats. He plays hard he goes to the hard areas. He wants the puck he wants to score.''

Holland noted that Tatar's four goals during his 18-game stint in Detroit last season playing mostly on the third line and not getting much power-play time projects to 16-18 over a full season.

“That's a lot of goals'' Holland said.

Tatar will skate on a line with Luke Glendening and Landon Ferraro in Monday's preseason opener at Pittsburgh (7 p.m. no local TV).

Babcock on veterans Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson who combined to play in just 11 regular season games in 2013 due to injuries: “Well obviously the exhibition (games) are huge for those guys because they have to find a way on the team and when you miss so much hockey like they did last year and you’re not 25 it’s a work-in-progress.”
Holland said there is nothing new to report on center Darren Helm who hasn't skated since Sept. 6 due to a groin injury. The club will continue being cautious. Helm still hasn't been cleared for contact due to his back injury.