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Wild Draft Winnipegger and ICE Defenceman Carson Lambos 26th Overall

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Wild Draft Winnipegger and ICE Defenceman Carson Lambos 26th Overall

Winnipeg product Carson Lambos has been drafted to the NHL. With the 26th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Minnesota chose the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenceman to fill a void on the team’s back-end in the coming years.

He will join fellow Manitoban Daemon Hunt within Minnesota’s prospect group.

Entering the draft as the highest-ranked Western Hockey League blueliner among North American skaters (No. 11), Lambos is expected to push for a spot within the Wild’s defence corps as soon as this coming season. Training camp in Minnesota will certainly give the youngster an opportunity to show his stuff in advance of a return to ‘typical’ schedules for a non-COVID impacted season.

A physical presence, Lambos, 18, put up eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points, which led all WHL rookie defencemen in scoring during the 2019-20 season. His +20 ranking over 57 games was also a very telling statistic on a team that gave up its share of goals. Unfortunately for the big blueliner, an injury cost him the majority of the 2020-21 season within the Regina Hub. He skated in just one game prior to his injury suffered on Winnipeg’s second date of the calendar.

With the pandemic putting a hold on much activity in North America, Winnipeg moved Lambos to Finland, where he impressed many with his size and skill on the back-end in JYP. He registered three points in two games with the U-18 junior team, before scoring 11 points in 13 games in the U-20 league. Lambos also skated in two games in the Finnish Liiga as well.

Prior to joining the ICE, Lambos spent his developmental years with RINK Hockey Academy, skating with the U-15 Prep, the Prep and the U-18 AAA teams from 2016-19. He operated at over a point-per-game rate through his RINK career, putting up 58 total goals, 134 points and 147 penalty minutes over a combined 105 regular season and playoff games.

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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