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2021 NHL Draft Profile: Carson Lambos

The potential top-pair NHL defenseman never quite found his game in Finland and struggled on the big ice, but there's still a lot to be excited about regarding his overall game.
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BORN Jan. 14, 2003, Winnipeg, Man.

2020-21 JYP Jr. POS D

HT 6-1 WT 201 SHOOTS L

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES No. 14

It has been a difficult season for Lambos on a number of fronts, including falling out of the top-10 conversation of which he was once very much a part.

When the WHL’s season was uncertain, Lambos went over to Finland, where he played for JYP’s under-18, under-20 and even two games with the men’s teams. But the potential top-pair NHL defenseman never quite found his game in Finland and struggled on the big ice, then had his season shut down after just two games in the WHL bubble so he could undergo an undisclosed medical procedure.

One of the hallmarks of Lambos’ game is his compete level and willingness to jump up into the play. And while that’s a quality that is lauded in North America, one scout said it actually hindered Lambos this season in Finland. “He was on the wrong side of the play, on the wrong side of the puck,” said the scout. “It exposed him a little more.”

The surgery that Lambos underwent was not because of an injury and it is not expected to adversely affect his long-term NHL potential. “From what I understand, it was a medical procedure and not an injury,” said another scout.

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This excerpt is from The Hockey News' Draft Preview issue. Purchase a digital copy of the issue here or subscribe to The Hockey News here.

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