The lone Manitoban selected in the opening round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft has officially signed his entry-level contract. Drafted 26th overall by the Minnesota Wild just one month ago, Winnipeg’s Carson Lambos has now put his pen to paper on a three-year deal in St. Paul.
The contract features a $925K cap hit and a $995K annual average value should he spend the next three years with Minnesota. If he were to play with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, Lambos would earn $80K annually in the minors.
“He’s definitely one of the more physically mature players,” Wild Director of Amateur Scouting Judd Brackett said. “That’s what made him so successful in his under-age year and the ability to step into a league like the Western Hockey League.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenceman earned a $93K signing bonus just by simply adding his signature to the stack of papers presented to him by his agent Mark MacKay. The new deal will officially enter him into the NHL’s payroll, to which he hopes to begin play as soon as the Wild deem him ready.
“He was already a strong skater, able to physically engage, able to win puck battles,” Brackett added. “That’s a big part of his game, is he’s a really physical, hard defender and strength is a big part of it, and being advanced that way.”
The 18-year-old spent the better part of 2020-21 while on a loan to JYP of the Finnish junior league, where he put up two goals and 11 points in 13 games. He travelled back to North America in time for the abbreviated WHL season from the Regina Hub, but suffered an injury which limited his junior season to just two games.
Lambos did put up eight goals and 32 points alongside a +20 rating and 109 shots on goal in just 57 games during the 2019-20 season. That stat-line led all WHL rookie blueliners in scoring, while also finishing first in game-winning goals, which finishing second in goals. He also skated for Canada White at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up five points in six games.