Winnipeg Jets’ training camp is only a few short days away, but some Jets’ former draft picks and recent free agent signings have already had an opportunity to make an impression on Rick Bowness and the new coaching staff.
The Jets’ top prospects and younger players featured in the Young Stars Classic this past weekend in British Columbia, which was a three-game round-robin tournament that featured prospects from the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames.
One prospect who played extremely well for the Jets was Brad Lambert, who the Jets selected with the first round, 30th-overall selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
Brad Lambert is already making a case for himself to make the Winnipeg Jets roster for the 2022-2023 season
I know the Jets are still a long way from the regular season with a full training camp and preseason schedule ahead of them, but the younger players in the Jets organization got a chance to start making a case for themselves during the Young Stars Classic. Some solid performances against other franchises’ prospects, would give these players a step in the right direction to make the Jets.
Many would agree that Lambert was the Jets’ most valuable player during that three-game showcase. His speed, skills, and hockey IQ were on display throughout these games. He finished the tournament with two goals and two assists. You can watch his two goals in the tweets below:
When you take into account how the Jets have lost Paul Stastny and Evgeny Svechnikov in free agency and the fact that they traded away Andrew Copp during the last trade deadline, there will be vacant forward spots to be earned during the preseason.
If Lambert, who is only eighteen years old, continues to perform this way in the next couple of weeks, there is no doubt that he can end up on the Jets’ opening night roster.
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It will be interesting to see how Lambert performs in training camp and in the preseason against NHL and AHL caliber players rather than the prospects he faced in British Columbia.
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