Adam Tambellini (2013 third round pick) has left the University of North Dakota to join the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL after the Hitmen acquired his rights from the Portland Winterhawks.
He had two goals and two assists in 16 games for UND and he is expected to join Calgary on their coming road trip.
The Hitmen GM said, “we are very excited to add a top forward to our group. Adam possesses size, skating and a scoring touch that will add terrific depth to our lineup. It is not easy to give up a first round draft pick, however when you acquire a talent like Adam we felt the price was warranted.”
Tambellini is from Edmonton.
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With their first selection, 65th overall, in the 2013 Draft the Rangers took Adam Tambellini, the son of former Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.
Tambellini is heading to North Dakota as a freshman this fall and spent this past season in the BCHL playing for the Surrey Eagles and for Vernon.
His coach in Surrey told the Buffalo News that Tambellini is a player who works hard every day, is a “pure sniper” but needs time to develop and mature physically.
His coach in Vernon told the Edmonton Journal, “his shot, his release are at an NHL level already so once he packs on a few more pounds it’s going to be quite scary.”
Future Considerations says that Tambellini has good hockey sense and that with the proper development and patience he could be a “gem” down the road.
Tambellini told Buzzing the Net that he plans to take his time developing at North Dakota and using the spread out schedule to spend time in the gym.
A member of Central Scouting, who had him ranked 42nd, told NHL.com that Tambellini has an NHL shot that has a quick release and can cleanly beat a goalie.
At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that Tambellini has a high hockey IQ and has power forward potential.
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- On the draft,“It was interesting how it went, watching them all go off the board. In the end we really like Adam Tambellini, the skill of Buchnevich and we wanted to take a chance on that. Tambellini is a good skater. Buchnevich reminds me of Cherepanov a lot, same kind of style, real nice head and hands. Duclair, there was probably about half a dozen kids who had good underage years last year and had off-years this year and he was one of them and that is why all of them slipped in the draft. We were able to draft one of them and he is lightning fast. We got some speed and skill and it time to take a d man and we are looking at those guys now, after the third round you are looking for things that stand out and the last two that I took, Ryan Graves is a big 6-4 defenseman from PEI and he had an average first half and in the second half his play went uphill. Same with the goalie Skapski. Ryan McGill was our coach in Hartford, I know him really well, and he was really up front and said that he we expected him to be better in the first half too, he wasn’t, but in the second half his play went up hill.”
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With the 65th pick in the NHL draft, the Rangers select Adam Tambellini.
Tambellini was ranked 83rd by The Hockey News. They say that he can “dominate offensively” and he is heading to North Dakota.
Tambellini is 6-2 and 177lbs and played last season in the BCHL for Vernon and Surrey.
He had 36 goals and 29 assists between the two teams.
- Bob McKenzie ranked him 63rd
- Central Scouting ranked him 42nd (62nd in the mid-term rankings)
- ISS ranked him 93
- McKeens ranked him 69th
From the NHL “His father, Steve, was selected 15th overall in 1978 by the Islanders. He won a Stanley Cup with the Islanders in 1980 and went on to play for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey, Calgary and Vancouver. His brother, Jeff, was selected 27th overall in 2003 by the Kings and played 242 NHL games for Los Angeles, NY Islanders and Vancouver; he competed in Switzerland in 2012-13.”
Steve was also just fired as GM of the Oilers.
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