General manager Doug Gasper and the Brandon Wheat Kings are not wasting time. Just over a week after making a trade that saw Manitoba-born overage defenceman Rylan Thiessen shipped to Swift Current for a late-round pick, the fresh GM is back at it with another move involving a local blueliner.
This time it was Winnipeg product Jonny Lambos that found himself at the end of his time in the Wheat City. Gasper moved him to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2023 WHL Bantam Draft.
“We’re excited to introduce Jonny to our lineup as a veteran defenseman who’s enjoyed success in the Western Hockey League,” Silvertips head coach and GM Dennis Williams said. “His ability is a great fit for the right side of our blueline, and experience in winning an East Division title last season brings a great example of commitment for our younger players to follow. We’ll lean on Jonny to serve in a role as a leader, on and off the ice, and look forward to his arrival in training camp.”
Originally chosen 49th overall in the third round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Victoria Royals, Lambos made his way to Brandon, where he began his 127-game junior career. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound defenceman has five goals and 19 points through his time in the league, including two assists this past season in the Regina Hub, where he helped his Wheaties teammates take the Subway Cup.
“Jonny has been a terrific Wheat King,” Doug Gasper said in a team-issued release. “He has done everything we have asked of him and more during his time here. It’s now time for us as an organization to assist him in continuing his career in the WHL.”
Even after moving Thiessen and Lambos, Brandon still has six different 2001-born ‘overage’ players who will be entering their 21-year-old season in 2021-22. The team will still need to make some moves in order to fall within the league’s requirements of just three such rostered players.