Player Profile: Carson Lambos

Name: Carson Lambos

Team: RHA Midget Prep (CSSHL)

Position: Defense

Date of Birth: January 14th 2003

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Height/Weight: 6’0 196lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: 2nd Overall in 2018 – Kootenay Ice (Signed)

 

*Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*


Areas of Strength

  • Assertiveness
  • Offensive Scoring
  • Defensive Engagement

Areas of Weakness

  • Offensive consistency off the blue line
  • Forcing the Middle on the Blue Line

Player Report: Carson was our top ranked player in the WHL Draft going in, he was taken with the second overall pick to Kootenay. Lambo’s, in our opinion, was the most dominant player in the Western Canadian 2003 class. He spent both his bantam season playing with the Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep’s, scoring 78 points in 60 regular season games over the two seasons. He got the opportunity in his second season to play up with the Midget Prep’s and play along side his older brother (Jonathon), he suited up in seven games with the Midget’s and had himself six points. Lambo’s was then named the CSSHL Bantam Prep defensemen of the year, an award given to the first overall pick Kaiden Guhle a year earlier. Lambo’s was heavily utilized both years by RHA, a team that produced a first round defender (Joel Sexsmith) and a Wisconsin commit (Anthony Kehrer), Lambo’s could have been regarded as the one of the best defensemen on his team that rookie season.

Lambo’s is a physical two-way defender who makes an impacts on the game every time he steps on the ice.  Developed well physically for his age. A hybrid defender whose abilities as a puck mover far surpass others his age. He is an elite puck transporter and well above average puck distributor, hones the individual abilities to make plays on opportunities he recognizes. Loves to be involved in the physical play and bring an intimidating presence to the game. Lambos is always engaged in the play, he has a proactive mindset and you’ll never see him caught with a mental mistake. A transitional expert with his vision, skating, and passing abilities. Lambo’s has a reliable defensive side to his game. He controls the gap very well and can close in on guys quickly before landing a big hit. He keeps the play to the outside and can force a change is possession with applied pressure and a good angle to the puck carrier. Physical infront of his own net and anticipates developing plays in his defensive zone. Aware to everything going on in his defensive zone, keeps his head in motion and he always is engaged in the play. Shows the potential to be a shutdown defender at the WHL level. Offensive Lambo’s game takes on another level. Exploits soft defensive holes when leading the rush. He has dynamic edge work as a puck transporter, plays heavy on the puck and attacks with elite acceleration making him hard to contain. A lethal shooter, Lambo’s shows the ability to score from anywhere once he picks up the puck, in fact perhaps his biggest asset is his ability to open up and wire heavy, yet accurate shots on net. His release is deceptive and fluid. He moves the puck crisply, hitting his target at top speed. Carson is an active presence on the blue line, he loves to creep down behind the other teams covering, attack off the blue line or down the wall, adheres to stepping up and hold the zone.  Makes good decisions in high pressure situations. A possessive presence on the back end who is able to manage the game on the power play, on the penalty kill, and in five on five situations. Given his constant engagement and physical game, Lambos is an difficult player to play against. Draws comparisons to an NHL defender like Brent Seabrook or WHL comparison to someone like Noah Juulsen. 

Overall there isn’t a lot of player likes Lambos, he can do it all for team he plays on and impacts every situation of the game. Lambo’s is likely going to have no issues adapting to the WHL game. He has the size and skating as a 15 year old to play at that level and was best when playing above his age group. In the few games he likely gets into this year, Lambo’s will look to test his physical play and offensive game early and see where he fits in. He is likely a number one defensemen some day at the WHL level who can bring 40-50 points from the back end. He could have fitted right into the Kootenay Ice defensive core this season if he was able to. I’d bet on him being an NHL defender one day, the kid is motivated and a leader on and off the ice. Going to be a great player for many years in the WHL.

Past Seasons:

2016-2017 – RHA Bantam Prep’s: 30GP-15G-23A-38PTS 16PIMS Playoffs: 3GP-2G-2A-4PTS 2PIMS

2017-2018 – RHA Bantam Prep’s: 30GP-15G-25A-40PTS 52PIMS Playoffs: 5GP-5G-6A-11PTS 6PIMS

RHA Midget Prep’s: 7GP-4G-2A-6PTS 8PIMS

Accolades:

2017-2018 – CSSHL Defensemen of the Year