Team: HIFK U20
Position: Center/Left Wing
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 172
REPORT: JOKERIT @ HIFK U20, DECEMBER 6, 2019
HIFK U20 took a 4-3 shootout win over Jokerit. It was was an interesting game with lots of prospects to watch for future NHL drafts, including fellow 2003 born forward Samu Salminen. Lambert logged almost 23 minutes of ice-time and recorded six shots on goal. A smooth operator with the puck, he showcased flashy and fast stickhandling. Made a great diagonal pass from below the goal line to the point. The 2022 draft eligible is already such a strong and polished skater who generates speed through fast crossovers. He made himself available for passes in the neutral zone and facilitated zone entries. He’s a strong shooter with a precise wrist shot, yet he also showed a quick backhander on one occasion. All in all, Lambert looks like a high-end skater with very good puck skills and pretty good hockey sense.
REPORT: KIEKKO-ESPOO @ HIFK U20, AUGUST 27, 2019
Lambert played on HIFK U20 first line and was one of one of the top players in a 4-3 shootout loss to Kiekko-Espoo. He centered the first line, playing alongside Julius Janhonen and Janne Hämäläinen, and he was able to drive the play. Lambert got on the scoresheet with one goal in the first period and also hit the crossbar in the second period. The latter opportunity came as a direct result of a strong defensive play in the neutral zone. His offensive skill set and skating stood out most. He has a soft touch on the puck and excellent stick skills. Moreover, his wrist shot features impressive accuracy and velocity. Lambert’s skating is already at a very strong level. He can not only pull away from opponents, but also create back pressure to force them into hurried decisions. He has explosive speed and good agility. On the downside, the 15-year-old forward struggled at the face-off dot. Overall, this was a promising performance from Lambert against a strong opponent.
REPORT: PELICANS @ HIFK U20, JANUARY 9, 2019
The 15-year-old forward showed a lot of promise on Pelicans U20 third line in a 4-2 win over HIFK. Lambert scored the 3-1 goal goal in the third period with a high-velocity wrist shot. He’s a fluid skater with good mobility and a quick first step – the puck doesn’t slow him down. Lambert’s passing was crisp and precise, he was able to take his time with the puck and find open teammates without rushing plays. He displayed quick hands and the ability to create space for himself and others in the offensive zone. He also used his stick well defensively. Lambert won’t be eligible for the NHL Draft until 2022 but he looks like an exciting prospect with plenty of potential.
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