via Andy Devlin
Hockey in August? Why not. With Covid putting a halt on the 2022 World Junior Tournament in Edmonton last December, it’s underway again giving hockey fans an opportunity to see some of their favorite teams’ prospects showcase themselves before NHL training camps get underway in September.
Drafted in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft (Round one, 30th overall)
Once considered a top pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, Brad Lambert has seen his stock fall leading up to draft night in Montreal last month. Falling in round one to 30th and landing with the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg is getting an 18 year old player with something to prove. Lambert had four goals & six assists in 49 games with SM-liiga in 2021/22. Where at times, he seemed to struggle versus older players.
At the shortened December world junior tournament, Lambert looked more confident against players in his own age group. Scoring one goal and added four assists in two games.
With the slate wiped clean on the 2022 World Juniors, Lambert has produced only a single goal in five games so far.
Drafted in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (Round two, 40th overall)
Spending most of the 2021/22 season in Sweden playing for AIK of the Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division, Daniel Torgersson played in 40 games putting up 17 points (7G, 10 A). Torgersson signed a three year entry level contract with Winnipeg in April 2022. He also signed a professional tryout with the Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets AHL Affiliate), playing four games while putting up three points (1G, 2A).
Torgersson has two goals in five games so far, attempting to help Sweden medal in this year’s tournament.