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.