I guess the word, enigma, would describe this young man. Let me first say that this is a kid I have pulled for since the Islanders got him, especially with his father’s connection to the early Isles. There was a brief time in which the patience of Scott Gordon and the organization appeared to be paying off, as Jeff showed some confidence and talent for a stretch. However, for whatever the reason, Jeff simply could not put it together for us, and soon became a daily healthy scratch. One cannot say that this kid didn’t get his share of chances, and he was inserted into the lineup a number of times.
Tambillini was a -8 in 36 total games, having tallied 7 goals and 7 assists. Unfortunately, I think he picked up most of his goals in two multiple goal games, including a hat trick. Beyond that, however, the guy just couldn’t seem to find his place in the NHL. He scored a lot at Bridgeport, but this never translated into the kind of player we needed him to be.
Sadly, at this stage, the “Tambellini experiment” seems to be over. Perhaps, a change of scenery and a new organization would do the young man well. I’d honestly have to give him a D-, as I wouldn’t say his earlier glimpses of talent made him an utter failure. Still, I do not believe you will be seeing Jeff in an Islanders’ sweater next season.