Prospect Series: Carson Lambos

With the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft upcoming and the likeliness of Mark Giordano leaving the Flames, one could make an argument that Calgary should look at getting someone to help the back end in the future. If that does happen, there is a strong case to be made that Winnipeg ICE defenceman Carson Lambos could be the guy to choose.

The Winnipeg native comes in at six-foot-one and a tad over 200 pounds. He is a left-handed shot and he is projected to go anywhere from 12 to 31 in the draft. At one point he was considered a top 10 pick and some originally even had him in their top five.

But recently, he has seen a drop in the rankings and there is a chance this could be due to a leg injury he suffered this year that knocked him out of the shortened season. He only managed two games with the ICE before he was shut down for the year.

Even with the recent bad luck, what Lambos brings to the table could make him a steal in this year's draft.

Before COVID-19 hit, Lambos had a solid 2019-20 season, tallying eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points. He also managed to be plus 20 on the season. He proved he was an offensive asset, while also being solid on the back end and preventing the other team from putting the puck in the net.

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What makes his game so much fun to watch is his smarts on the ice. He can read the play extremely well and knows when to jump up on the rush to create a scoring chance. But on top of that, he can stay back, make the safe defensive plays, shut players down on the rush, and also the dump and chase.

Lambos isn't the biggest human on the ice but that won't stop him from muscling someone out in open ice or making the other team pay when they go in along the boards.

When he isn't in his own zone, he is extremely effective at patrolling the point in the offensive zone. His strong skating ability allows him to get to the open ice with ease and create space from defenders. Then when he has the puck on his stick, he makes the smart shots, feeding wrist shots through traffic which leads to tipped shots or beating the screened goalie clean.

Looking at his overall game there isn't a lot to dislike about Lambos. He can skate, he is smart with and without the puck, he has strong defensive abilities, and he is big enough to make other players question crossing his path.

If you are someone who is looking for the negatives in his game, there are times where he tries to make the perfect play, putting the puck in high-danger situations to get the big payoff. Sometimes those situations can backfire on him, but people must remember he is only 18-years-old and the older he gets the more he will mature on and off the ice.

If Lambos ends up putting on a Flames jersey at the draft I would be very happy with the pick and think he could be a star player for years to come in Calgary.

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