I am pissed that the Kings traded Tambellini. I hope he does well for your team.
I watched him closely after the Kings drafted him - at Michigan, at the World Juniors at the Kings July Rookie Camps, at training camp, and at Manchester.
I am hearing the reason why the Kings were willing to part with him, was because in the 4 games he played on the Kings this year, he didn't play Andy Murray's system - Andy was pissed and told the Kings executives.
THIS SUCKS, (for King fans) because Jeff is a player.
Did you know:
*Jeff ranked #1 among ALL draftees in conditioning at the draft combines, in his draft year. #1.
* Sidney Crosby (when playing in his first World Juniors) said that "Jeff is the best player I've ever played with" (something like that)
* From the training camps I saw Jeff, his wrist shot was on par with Palffys (in 2003) and Demitra. Probably better than Demitra.
His shot is wicked in terms of release, velocity and accuracy. Absolutely incredible. Joe Sakic-like.
Even if the Kings are able to sign Parrish, and Sopel plays better than he did for you guys, we lost the trade.
Grebeshkov is okay. I wish him well. I won't miss him too much, as the Kings have Visnovsky and Corvo as offensive defensemen.
Jeff Tambellini, LW, New York Islanders
Acquired in a recent trade involving NHLer Mark Parrish, former Los Angeles Kings prospect and current New York Islanders prospect Jeff Tambellini has picked up in the professional ranks where he left off in the college ones – piling up points. The 21-year-old has earned a spot on the Islanders roster, and will likely play out the year there. A standout forward for the University of Michigan during the past three seasons, Tambellini ranked second on the Monarchs with an even 56 points in 56 games before he was dealt on the eve of the trade deadline. While the 5’11, 186-pound left wing has always been a more than capable scorer, he used his time in Michigan to develop his defensive game, resulting in a + 17 rating in his rookie campaign with Manchester, tied for the team lead before the deal.