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Tambellini Optimistic About Future

by Rich Arleo / New York Islanders

It was six years ago that Jeff Tambellini was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, but it is a time the young Islanders forward remembers very well.

With the 2009 Draft less than two weeks away, Tambellini remembers his feelings leading up to his draft in 2003.

“It’s a pretty exciting day,” Tambellini said. “You never know what’s going to happen or what team’s going to take you, but it’s a great chance to sit back and watch it all happen. The thrill of being drafted is something you can’t pass up.”

Tambellini is looking forward to this year’s Draft, and knows that the Islanders are going to end up with top-tier talent.

“Whoever we get is going to be in a great situation to come in and make an impact on the team,” Tambellini said. “We’re really excited. I’m sure [that] whoever they grab off the board will fit in great with our team.”

Tambellini, who turned 25 in April, is part of a talented young core of Islanders who look to be a big part of the bright future of the team. Tambellini returned to Vancouver for the summer and is working hard during the offseason to improve his game.
“I’m with a different group [of trainers] this year and I’ve worked a lot on a new technique of training,” he said. “It’s a lot of ice work, puck handling, shooting skills, all that stuff just trying to get the whole four months of it and develop as much as I can as a player.”
Tambellini is working as hard as he can throuhgout the offseason to get ready for Training Camp.
“You look at the situation and we didn’t make the playoffs, but it gives us a great opportunity to put four months of work into becoming better hockey players and it’s a great opportunity to really build your game,” he said. “Whether you’re 19 years old breaking in or a 36-year-old veteran, you can always get better. It’s a great opportunity to add a little to your game.”

Tambellini will return to Long Island immediately following the Draft, as he arrives to take his turn with the Islanders Community Events Tour. Throughout the summer, many of the players will hook up with the I.C.E. Tour, visiting camps, events and Islanders Team Stores.

Tambellini will do an autograph signing at the Team Store at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa on Wednesday, July 1st. Click here to see all of the stops Tambellini and his teammates will be making with the I.C.E. Tour this summer.
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