Carson Lambos came into the 2021 NHL Draft with first-round talent. In a year where most scouting was done digitally, this talented defenseman had a chance of slipping out of the first round like many other prospects. The Minnesota Wild stopped that from happening.
In 2019-20, Lambos put up 32 points in 57 games. Eight of them were goals. Lambos has some dangle in his game as well, which causes problems for the opposition.
“I try to not just limit my game to staying back and having no offensive ability. Yes, that is a part of my game,” Lambos stated.
His speed is an asset offensively and defensively, and this prospect understands how important that is in today’s game.
“I think with every player to have success at this time in hockey, you have to be a really good skater,” said Lambos. “It’s a constant focus of mine. It’s a good trait to have, and I want to continue to get better so I can be good at the next level.”
Being drafted 26th overall gets you in the league. The Ice and the Minnesota Wild will continue to aid in his development. The rest is up to him.
He’s fast and shifty, and his shot is dangerous. Lambos averaged over 18 minutes a game this past season winning 58% of his puck battles according to InStat. His shot was on net 53% of the time, and he averaged just under one hit a game. Considering the way the year went, that’s a glimpse into what he will do in Winnipeg this season.
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The blueliner got to play some Finnish junior hockey this year, and that kept him sharp and gave scouts more looks at him. Playing only two games for Winnipeg was a shame.
“It was a hard year for me to get to this point. To be recognized and selected by a team is an incredible feeling,” Lambos added. “I had to move overseas; it was certainly difficult. It was a long way from home, and you feel like you’re on an island some time. I had a lot of great people there, and I’m so thankful for my experience. Unfortunately, my time in the bubble was short due to injury, and it’s heartbreaking to hear you can’t play the rest of the season. Having gone through this made me a stronger person.”
Lambos is primed to have a big year. The Winnipeg native wore the “A” last year, and now he will get a chance to play in another normal season which will be good for everybody. His 6-1, 201-pound frame gives him an edge. Look for him to have a big season.