Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini leaving NCAA for WHL

January 8, 2014, by

Stick-tap to friend of the blog Vic Carneiro for bringing this to our attention, as Rangers 2013 third-round pick Adam Tambellini is leaving North Dakota to head to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Chris Dilks of SBN College Hockey has the initial scoop, stating that Tambellini’s size has been an issue in the NCAA, and he will have a greater opportunity to grow in the WHL. In 16 games, the 168-lb Tambellini had a line of 2-2-4 and 31 PIMs with UND.

The move is curious to say the least. In the NCAA, Tambellini would have had another three seasons of eligibility. In the WHL, Tambellini has the remainder of this season and one more year before he’s a WHL overage player. He will also be a 19-year-old skater playing in a league where 19 years old is on the veteran side of the spectrum.

Categories : Prospects


  1. SalMerc says:

    Must be getting advice from ex-Islander dad regarding the move

  2. Walt says:

    Another wasted draft pick, this kid is going nowhere!!!!

  3. Doug says:

    Another bum draft selection, Slats!!!!!!

  4. Jonathan says:

    Interesting, Seeing as he is 19, no guaranty he makes the team as an overage 20yo. But he will be living like a Pro player, getting proper workouts and training and skill development. Could pay off in the end.

  5. Archie says:

    Jonathan–you’re obviously uneducated. Other than games played, there is no more of a “pro” training facility or development than UND. Look it up.

  6. Jess says:

    Actually others had the story before SB did but just once I would see Ranger fans wait until the prospect either fails to sign with the team or fails as a Ranger before trashing him.

    I admit I wanted Tambellini to stay at North Dakota so he could grow into his body and the Rangers would not be in any rush to sign him.

    FYI in Tambellini’s first game in the WHL, he was only the game’s first star after a 1-3-4 night.

    Yea he sucks