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Adam Tambellini adds to his solid week and two more prospects advance

A funny thing happened about January of last season when Adam Tambellini (2013 third) decided to leave North Dakota and head north to the WHL. Everyone (myself included) questioned what a bad decision Tambellini was making.

That was then and this is now after so many of us “experts” had to eat our words, Adam Tambellini stands as the CHL Player of the Week. Those of you who were here at the beginning of the season saw us project Tambellini as even possibly a better prospect than Anthony Duclair.

Part of the reason is because come playoff time Adam Tambellini is a PTP, this is no one week fluke, last year he was Calgary’s leading scorer in their brief playoff appearance. And it would not be any kind of surprise if we see his name back here sooner than later.

Read the press release and after that two more Ranger prospects saw their team’s advance to the second round of their league’s playoffs.

Hitmen’s Adam Tambellini named CHL Player of the Week

For Immediate Release

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini of the Calgary Hitmen is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 5 after recording 11 points in four games with six goals and five assists.

Tambellini led the way offensively across the WHL in the first two weeks of playoff action helping the Hitmen advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a seven-game series win against the Kootenay Ice that wrapped up Monday night.  His four games last week were highlighted by a hat-trick in Tuesday’s Game 3 helping the Hitmen grab an 8-7 overtime win, followed by a four-point performance with a goal and three assists earning second star honours in Wednesday’s 7-2 victory in Game 4.  On Friday night he collected a pair of assists and earned third star honours despite a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ice in Game 5, then scored twice and earned third star recognition in a 4-2 Game 6 loss on Saturday.  Last night Tambellini contributed two assists as the Hitmen prevailed 6-2 in Game 7 to advance to the second round where they will face the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Tambellini, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his second WHL season with the Hitmen.  Selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Tambellini signed an entry-level contract with the club last month.  He has 15 points in seven playoff games after leading the club with 86 points in 71 games scoring 47 goals and 39 assists. 

Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts needed seven games before they would finally eliminate the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The game’s third star, Graves picked up his third goal of the first round on a power play goal in the second period. The goal would put Quebec up 4-2 and for all purposes finish off the Screaming Eagles.

For Graves his third goal of the playoffs came on seven shots with a+2 and one hit as Graves is 3-2-5 after the first round. His Remparts advance to play Grave’s original QMJHL team the Charlottetown Islanders in the second round starting on Friday in Quebec City.

Keegan Iverson (2014 third) and his Portland Winterhawks are headed back to the WHL’s second round after defeating the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 in overtime to eliminate the Thunderbirds in six games. Iverson was scoreless as this game was exactly 59 seconds from a second overtime before the Hawks scored the series winner.

Iverson was 2-2-4 in the first round and do not let the low stats fool you as in the playoffs Iverson becomes one of Portland’s defensive stoppers. Iverson is the most experienced Ranger prospect when it comes to playing in playoff games as this is his third season as a playoff regular.

Iverson has 45 playoff games under his belt as the Winterhawks have gone to the last four straight WHL finals, Iverson has one WHL championship ring and is looking for his second. The Winterhawks will take on another I-5 rival in the Everett Silvertips starting this weekend.