The American Hockey League announced today that Islanders prospect and Bridgeport Sound Tigers left wing Jeff Tambellini has been named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending April 6, 2008. In four games last week, Tambellini registered six goals and four assists for 10 points as the Sound Tigers remained in the hunt for a playoff berth in the East Division. This is the second time this season that Tambellini earned the honors, doing so in the period ending December 30, 2007
Tambellini netted Bridgeport's lone goal in a game against his former team in Manchester on Wednesday night, then capped a hat trick and a career-high five-point night with the overtime game-winner on Friday as the Sound Tigers dropped Philadelphia, 6-5. He scored two more goals at Hershey on Saturday, then registered a pair of assists in Philadelphia on Sunday. All told, Tambellini recorded a point on 10 of Bridgeport s 14 goals for the week.
Acquired by the Islanders from Los Angeles on March 8, 2006, Tambellini has set career highs in goals (36), assists (36) and points (72) in just 53 games for Bridgeport this season. He is currently tied for the AHL's goal-scoring lead and is tied for eighth in points.
The two-time AHL All-Star also skated in 31 NHL games this season with the Islanders, posting one goal and three assists. Tambellini, a 23-year-old Calgary native, has amassed 91 goals and 96 assists for 187 points in 159 career AHL contests, and has totaled four goals and 13 assists in 79 career NHL contests with the Islanders and Kings.