The acquisitions of both Rick Nash & Ryane Clowe this past season left the New York Rangers without a pick in the first two rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft. Seemingly stacked with a plethora of talent highlighted by No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon and No. 4 overall pick Seth Jones (many projected Jones to be first off the board Sunday night), New York had to wait until the third round before making their first selection of the draft and No. 65 overall promising young center Adam Tambellini.
Tambellini, son of for Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and brother of former Islander Jeff Tambellini is a bit of a project pick for the Rangers and is committed to the University of North Dakota, who will look to improve upon his high scoring ways. Already receiving high praise from UND head coach Adam Hakstol, Hakstol has this to say about this incoming freshman:
“He’s really talented, and the offensive side of his game is outstanding. Where he’s excited to keep working and improving is to become that reliable, responsible two-way forward, and he’s going to be in great position to do that.”
With a good frame, solid skill set, and already a good skater who protects the puck well, how Tambellini’s talent continues to evolve into an NHL ready game is yet to be determined, but the advice and pedigree Tambellini has behind him is sure to provide him a great start to a promising career.
And now a quick look at the rest New York’s new pool of talent courtesy of ESPN’s Katie Strang:
Third round, 75th overall: Pavel Buchnevich, an 18-year-old Russian winger, is currently playing in the Kontinental Hockey League with the Severstal Cherepovets. He is committed to playing two more years in the KHL, according to Clark, who likened him to former Rangers draftee Alexei Cherepanov, who passed away from a heart condition in 2008.
Third round, 80th overall: Anthony Duclair, a 17-year-old winger, averaged almost a point per game with 20 goals and 50 points in 55 games for the Quebec Remparts of the WMJHL. Duclair, a native of Quebec, said he was surprised that the Rangers drafted him since he had no contact with them at the NHL combine. His father is happy, however, as he is a “big-city guy” and a huge Rangers fan.
Fourth round, 110th overall: Ryan Graves, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman, adds size and snarl to the Rangers’ crop of defensive prospects. Graves finished with three goals, 16 points and 90 PIM for the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the QMJHL. Clark said his second-half of the season was a dramatic improvement from the first half.
Sixth round, 170th overall: Mackenzie Skapski, a 6-foot-3 goaltender from Kootenay of the WHL, also had a down first half, according to Clark, but improved over the course of the year.