At about the same time the Hamhuis news broke, it was also mentioned that the Canucks signed Jeff Tambellini, son of Oilers' GM Steve to a 1-year contract worth $500,000. Calgary native Tambellini was drafted 27th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2003. He was traded to the Islanders in 2006. During the 2007-08 season he played for the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and set a franchise scoring record with 76 points in 57 games. In 180 NHL games, Tambellini has a mere 18 goals and 46 points and is a -30 (hell he played for the lousy Islanders). He has rarely cracked top 6 minutes, averaging about 11-12 minutes per game in his young NHL career.
In his younger years he played in the BCHL for the Chilliwack Chiefs. He then went to the University of Michigan and played 3 years there and then quit school early to go pro.
Hockey's Future marvels at his speed and 2-way game. Unfortunately his scoring touch has tremendously dipped.
-”The minute I heard the Canucks made me an offer, it was a no-brainer and I didn’t even listen to anything else that came in.” - Love it. More at Canucks.com.
A Tambellini hat trick against the Sabres
He's got a great wristshot, as Lundqvist found out: