2004-05: Tallackson wrapped up his final season at the University of Minnesota with 11 goals and eight assists in 35 games. Tallackson, who affectionately became known as “Mr. March” to the Gophers faithful, lived up to his name again this year, making his final collegiate tally a memorable one. Tallackson notched the game winner in overtime to give Minnesota their third trip to the Frozen Four in four years. He saw in action in a few games with the River Rats after his collegiate season came to a close, scoring a goal and an assist in four games.
2005-06: In his first pro season, Tallackson was one of the steadiest River Rat players from start to finish. The former University of Minnesota grad even got a call-up to New Jersey early in the season for a 10-game stint and scored his first NHL goal. He scored 14 times and added 23 assists for 37 points in 65 games while down on the farm with Albany.
2006-07: Tallackson’s second season in the AHL was much more inconsistent than his first year on the farm. It should be noted however that he did play the majority of the year with a wrist injury. In 58 games, Tallackson had 10 goals and 24 assists, placing him fifth among Lowell’s scoring leaders. He got into a few games with New Jersey, suiting up in three games and being held off the scoresheet.
Tallackson is one of many power forwards within the Devils organization, once a team weakness. He is tough in the corners and difficult to clear when in front of the net. The winger is also a very unforgiving checker with an excellent wrist shot and good speed and mobility for a large skater.
There is no doubting the fact that Tallackson has great hands and a high overall skill level, but his intensity from shift to shift and game to game wanes occasionally, frustrating the organization. For such an imposing looking player, Tallackson’s physical involvement is almost non existent at times.