Winnipeg Jets sign Brad Lambert to three-year entry-level contract

The Winnipeg Jets have announced the signing of Brad Lambert to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal carries an AAV of $1.2 million per year.

Lambert was the Jets’ final first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, having been picked 30th overall after Rutger McGroarty was picked 14th overall. The 18-year-old prospect occupies the center position. During his draft year, he was often seeded in the top half of the first round but fell to the bottom of the first round.

Lambert has an unusual pedigree in the NHL. He was born in Lahti, Finland and plays nationally for the Finland team, but he also has roots in Canada. He was described by Daily Faceoff prospects analyst Steven Ellis as « extremely inconsistent, which led to him falling from a potential top-three pick, but when Lambert is on it, he can be unstoppable. « .

At 6’1 and 175 pounds. Lambert already has the size to physically compete at the professional level. He has experience as a professional player as he played the last three seasons in SM-Liiga, which is the top league in Finland. In total, he has played 99 games in the SM-Liiga over the past three seasons, scoring 11 goals and 27 points. While those numbers don’t seem like much from a North American perspective, it’s solid considering he was a teenager playing men.

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Lambert had the chance to play alongside fellow 2022 recruit Joakim Kemell with JyP HT Jyvaskyla. Kemell was drafted 17th overall by the Nashville Predators and if they both make the NHL roster this year, they might have a chance to meet again.

It will be an uphill battle for Lambert to make the NHL roster this year, but signing an entry-level contract is a good step in the right direction.

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