First-round draft pick Carson Lambos, 18, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild.
The defenseman from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft.
Lambos spent most of last season with the junior team of Finland’s JYP, tallying two goals and nine assists in 13 games. He led WHL rookie defensemen in points in 2019-20 with 32 in 57 games, playing for the Winnipeg Ice.
Lambos, 6-1, 197, is a left-handed shot and was ranked the 11th-best North American skater.
The NHL's scouting report on Lambos:
“A powerful skater with excellent mobility and agility. Has a quick transition game advancing the puck combined with a solid two-way game without the puck. Hard to play against with good size and strength. Very good anticipation and understanding of position. Possesses a solid release from the point to create scoring chances. Plays a hard, skill game.”
Lambos was one of two first-round choices by the Wild in 2021, the other being Swedish goaltender Jesper Wallstedt (20th overall pick). Wallstedt has yet to sign a contract with the team.