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To start last season, many believed Finnish center Brad Lambert would be one of the few challengers to Shane Wright’s status as the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL draft. While Wright was unseated by Slovak winger Juraj Slafkovsky, Lambert was far from close to challenging for first overall.

The silky smooth skating Finn went 30th overall to the Winnipeg Jets, with some scouts and analysts believing he may fall out of the first round altogether. A mid-season trade, underwhelming counting stats, playing with questionable talent around him and a few bad bounces saw Lambert’s stock fall – to the delight of the Winnipeg Jets.

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