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Winnipeg Jets sign Brad Lambert to a three-year entry-level deal


The Finnish center is the first Winnipeg Jets 2022 draftee to sign an ELC.

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Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Brad Lambert after being selected as the number thirty overall pick to the Winnepeg Jets in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets have announced the signing of Brad Lambert to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal carries an AAV of $1.2 million annually.

Lambert was the later first-round selection of the Jets in the 2022 NHL Draft, getting picked 30th overall after Rutger McGroarty was picked 14th overall. The 18-year-old prospect plays the center position. During his draft year, he was often ranked in the top half of the first round but fell to the bottom of the first round.


Lambert has an unusual pedigree coming into the NHL. He was born in Lahti, Finland and plays nationally for Team Finland but he has roots in Canada as well. He has been described by Daily Faceoff prospect analyst Steven Ellis as “wildly inconsistent, which led to him falling from a potential top-three pick, but when Lambert is on it, he can be unstoppable.”


At 6’1 and 175 lbs. Lambert already has the size to compete physically at the professional level. He has experience playing pro as he played the last three seasons in the SM-Liiga, which is the top league in Finland. In total he played 99 games in the SM-Liiga over the last three seasons, scoring 11 goals and 27 points. While those numbers don’t seem like a lot from a North American perspective, it’s solid considering he was a teenager playing against men.

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