The Fall and Rise of A Prospect

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Once in a while a prospect is ranked high by central scouting then takes a dip, only to once again rise and be a top pick. This year that player could be center/ right winger Brad lambert.

The 6-foot-0 and 179 pound forward was a highly ranked prospect that still has a high upside but fell in those rankings because of his dip in production. That dip caused others to look beyond his talents and focus on other young stars, which could be a big mistake.

Lambert is eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Don’t let the dip in production fool you, this kid has all of the tools to be a franchise player in any organization.

Lambert comes with everything you would want a franchise player to have. Elite speed, incredible offensive instincts, offensively creative, passing efficiency, and a heavy, accurate shot.

Once considered the top pick of the upcoming draft, his status fell because he was not producing as he did early. Let us not forget that Lambert is still very young but still possesses unreal skills to be an elite forward in the NHL.

Lambert still looks to be a first-round pick and one of these franchises is going to be lucky to pick him up.

Lambert can light up the scoreboard with his offensive potential and highlight reel-type goals but do not shy away from looking at his 200-foot game as well. He is defensively responsible and will make his way back to break up a play.

With lambert being a smaller player he also has a physical side to his overall game as well. Although not a vastly physical player he will throw the body and mix things up with the opposition.

During the 2017-18 season he played with the Lahden Pelicans U18 team in the U16 SM-Sarja, racking up 28 goals and 19 assists for 47 points in only 19 games

Fast forward to this season where he played for 4 teams including JYP U20, JYP, Finland U20, and Finland U20 International Jr. His production dipped a bit by scoring 5 goals as 11 assists in 36 games but he played physical, racking up 58 penalty minutes in those 36 games.

Although that dip in production may care off scouts and organizations, other organizations would be more than happy to pick up someone of his stature and talent. This slip will not last and he will be a force to be reckoned with once he hits NHL ice.

One of his hidden talents occurs both on and off the ice. He can make his teammates much better and perform way above their abilities, therefore not only bettering their play but the teams as well.

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