Opportunities remain for Ranger prospects such as Tambellini

Adam Tambellini

The future starts now for the Rangers. Every team need entry level contracted players to step up and provide cap relief and ideally play significant minutes – it’s a critical part of successful salary cap survival. With Derek Stepan about to get a serious pay rise (thanks Buffalo) the Rangers will need a younger player or two to step up sooner rather than later. With Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, amongst others, due for significant raises next summer, the Rangers would dearly love a prospect or two to force their way onto the roster and/or into significant roles in the short to middle term.

The immediate options for the coming season are obviously Emerson Etem, JT Miller and Jesper Fast. All three are absent of arbitration rights this season, so remain cost controlled; two of them are established Rangers and all three of them have serious upside, albeit in different forms (with Fast’s ceiling likely to be a solid two-way third liner).

If the aforementioned young trio can take the next step this coming season, then the Rangers will be in a good spot and under less pressure to find another cap bargain for the 15-16 season. Ideally though, the Rangers will see another prospect force their way onto the roster or at least stand out from the crowd at the AHL level, the way Oscar Lindberg did this season.

One prospect that could make a name for himself could be Adam Tambellini. Tambellini had a spectacular overage season with Calgary in the WHL as he scored 47 goals in the regular season and followed it up with 26 points in just 16 playoff games for the Hitmen. Tambellini has an NHL calibre shot and if he can improve his play away from the puck and adjust to the pro game with Hartford, Tambellini has a legitimate chance of eventually progressing to New York.

The Rangers have done well to bring in players that will help at the AHL level. Guys such as Brian Gibbons and Jayson Megna are classic ‘tweeners and should help the ‘Pack remain competitive. Younger players such as Tambellini and Marek Hrivik should benefit from the experience of the new recruits.

The timing for Tambellini to enter the pro ranks perhaps couldn’t be better. He enters the pro game off the back of a strong year, has seen prospects such as Danny Kristo and Ryan Haggerty move organisations all the while the Rangers may be forced into another Hagelin-like cap clearing move next season when Kreider et al need new deals.

There is a real opportunity for a prospect such as Tambellini. The Rangers don’t have a ton of skill in the prospect pipeline so would dearly love Tambellini to develop well. The team’s top six also isn’t set in stone just yet, certainly not for the long term. Miller’s best position hasn’t yet been defined, Rick Nash’s long term future is in doubt and a player such as Kevin Hayes may still be moved between wing and centre as the Rangers search for the best combinations that work both from a chemistry as well as financial point of view. Adam Tambellini may have a lot of work to do to get to New York but there’s definitely opportunity to be had.


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23 thoughts on “Opportunities remain for Ranger prospects such as Tambellini

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    This is the kid I look to for help down the road. He had a great season, hopefully he continues along that road………..

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with the kids this year. Guys like Lindberg and Bourque are slowly aging out of “prospect” status. Tambo is the new kid, but other then him and Buch, there aren’t many top-end Fs in the system.

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      but there may be a top end d-man in Graves??????

      • Jul 7, 2015 at 9:25 am

        I don’t think he’s top-end. I think he’s solid though.

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    You know it’s a slow summer when we get these hyper-speculative articles about prospects who haven’t played one pro-game yet.

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      And debating whether Stepan is a $6M player. Slow off-season for sure.

      • Jul 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

        Stepan has been paid well by the Rangers making much more money then players with his numbers. Its time He takes a little less to benefit the team. I do believe we have talent ready to step up to the Rangers an provide depth at the center position.

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I believe Oskar makes the team out of training camp. Side note – Will the new GM show the tenacity that Slats did with regard to holding the line on salaries? Gorton may need to set his legacy early with the Stepan negotiation. Show he will be creative to get a player he likes to fit in under the CAP, or send a message to all that if you over-inflate your value, you better be packing your bags.

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Wasn’t trading Hagelin the initial shot across the bow so to speak?

      • Jul 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Quite possibly. Could have been Slats last hoorah too. Good GM/Bad GM

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Obviously, other than a few snippets of tape, I haven’t (and probably most of us haven’t) seen Tambellini play. I think it’s a real long shot to think he could step in and make an impact on the NHL club this season.

    In addition to needing the cap space to sign Stepan, I think the Rangers’ brass let Hags go because they believe there are in house options to fill that void. Fast, Lindberg, now Etem. Unless he really regresses, I think we saw enough of Lindberg to feel confident he will make the big club full time this year.

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Well, I did that mode on EA NHL 15 where you play as one guy and start in the CHL. Tambo was my linemate and boy could he score and pass. Together, we were unstoppable.

      • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        Good enough for me 43! 🙂

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm


      Way too early to expect him this season. He has skills, is long and rangy, but is much too light, and needs gain some muscle mass before he can be effective. I can see him in maybe three years or so though….

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Buch is an elite prospect I’d say and Tambo may get there too. I think Boo Nieves has a lot of upside, not sure about Fogarty though. Lindberg should make the team this year & I see him as Moore’s eventual replacement.

    • Jul 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      agree on Lindberg big time!!!!!!!!

      • Jul 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm

        Mcilrath is going to make the team. He would be a perfect complement to Yandle. The Undertaker will make his marl and become a decent defenseman and fan favorite.

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Tambellini is a power play specialist so if things get really rotten there you always have that callup option.

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    There is no one in the Ranger organization that is capable of replacing Derek Stepan, so please.stop fantasizing. Slats over paid for the services of Lundqvist and Girardi and that comes at a price. Hags was let go because he can be substituted and to make cap space. Stepan is most likely the best around round pivot in the league. It will take 6.5 million per season to get him under contract.

    • Jul 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

      no one is suggesting he or anyone replacing stepan. but the point is nyr need more skilled youth to come up at fwd.

      stepan is now the best all around c in the league? a guy in chicago anahaim pit etc beg to differ. he has been good for us but lets not get carried away.

  • Jul 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Step not even top 10 in league and Lundqvist n Girardi are bargains. 6 mil for step or trade him.

    • Jul 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for injecting some sanity here. All that crap about Girardi being overpaid is just nonsense. He was OUTSTANDING against Pitt & was playing hurt after that. I for one appreciate G for his outstanding contribution on D. Sorry but that had to be said. And yes Hank is worth his money too.

      • Jul 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Agreed! When Girardi is firing on all cylinders, he is one of the best shutdown defensemen in the league, period! Not to mention an Iron horse who almost never misses any games and gives 110%. His lack of missing games, makes him a candidate for playing well into his thirties, although I am not a big fan of long contracts. He is a really steady guy year after year on defense, and though slightly overpaid, maybe,he is still a valuable asset. All the stupid bashing he continually gets is really somewhat exaggerated and unwarranted.

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