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Road to the NHL Draft: Adam Tambellini

By John Vogl

Adam Tambellini

Position: Left wing

Junior team: Surrey (BCHL)

Born: Edmonton, Alberta

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 158 pounds

2012-13 stats: 36 games, 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 42

Lowdown: There’s no longer a chance of Steve Tambellini stepping to the dais at the draft and calling the name of his son Adam. Edmonton fired the elder Tambellini in April after nearly five seasons as the Oilers’ general manager. Some team, though, will add another Tambellini to the NHL fraternity.

Adam Tambellini is hoping to follow his father and brother Jeff to the big leagues. He’s taken the small-circuit route to getting there. Rather than play in the Canadian Hockey League, which would have cost him any chance of playing collegiately, Tambellini skated in the British Columbia Hockey League. It’s on par with the Ontario Junior Hockey League, home to the Buffalo Junior Sabres. Tambellini helped lead his team to the championship with 10 goals and 18 points in 17 playoff games.

He’ll need to put on weight when he gets to the University of North Dakota. Though he projects well, Tambellini has to prove himself against top-level peers.

They said it: "He works hard in practice every day, and regardless of what his last name is he’d up there in the draft as a pretty high pick. … He's a pure sniper. He's got that big-league shot and release. He's a power forward, he's still a little bit slight, but he's going to fill out and mature.” – Surrey coach Matt Erhart to the Journal Pioneer (PEI, Canada) and Nanaimo (British Columbia) Daily News.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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