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Name: MichaŽl Lambert
Hometown: Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec
Acquired: 2002 NHL Draft, 4th round (99th)
Has good hands, skating, speed and size. Is a threat to score in the offensive zone. Plays somewhat physical at times.
Questionable work ethic, and desire to pay the price in the corners. Defensive zone coverage needs improvement. Needs to learn to use his size to his advantage. Needs to show the ability to play hard at both ends of the rink and listen to his coaches.
HW Updates, by Dan Linn
Canadiens Mid-season Top 20 - 13. Michael Lambert- LW. (15th) Lambert moves up a few spots, as he has shown a great deal of improvement over a somewhat disappointing season last year. Blessed with a very good wrist shot, size and skating, Lambert has been one of the top scorers for the Rocket all season long, and one of the top scorers in the entire QMJHL for most of the season. Recently minor injuries have slowed him down some, but considering he is playing for a contract by June 1st or he reenters the draft, he picked a good time to find his game, as he has been a major reason why the Rocket have had so much success this year.
March 2004 - Playoffs Report - PEI Rocket- The PEI Rocket will take on Patrick Royís team the Quebec Remparts, in the first round of the playoffs which get started tonight the 19th. The Rocket are coming off one of their better seasons in the Q, after moving from Montreal to PEI, lead by Michael Lambert, Cory Urquhart and Maxim Lapierre offensively and tough guy Jimmy Bonneau as a solid role player. In last years playoffs, Urquhart lead the team with an impressive 15 points, while this year saw Lambert score over 40 goals, and Lapierre was a all round force on a nightly basis. This should be a great experience for the Hab prospects, especially Lambert whoís trying to convince management to take a chance on him and sign him to a professional contract this summer, or let him reenter the NHL entry draft. Lambert and Urquhart have formed an impressive duo all season long, with Lapierre joining the line at times, which has built chemistry between them that should benefit them down the road when they reach the AHL and beyond.
February 2004 Still leads his team in scoring but has fallen a bit as one of the top scorers in the entire QMJHL. Has six game winning goals, which is tied for team lead with both Urquhart and Lapierre. With the June 1st deadline to be signed, Lambert continues to play well and is a major reason for the Rocketís success this season. This should go a long ways in helping him earn a contract without having reenter the draft his summer.
January 2004 Continues to play on the top line, where he leads his team in scoring, but has slowed down his scoring pace lately, as he is recovering from some minor injuries. At the half way point in this season, Lambert is close to hitting career highs in goals, assists and points, as he continues to be a major factor in the Rocketís successful season, especially on the power play.
December 2003 Continues to play on the top line, where he leads his team in scoring. Played for Team QMJHL vs Team Russia in the remax games. Was able to score a goal in the loss. Sadly he did not get an invite to Team Canadaís selection camp for the U-20 tournament. Leads the team in game winning goals and PP goals as well. Is on pace to easily out due last years numbers.
November 2003 Has really stepped it up this year, as he leads his team in scoring and is 2nd in the Q in scoring. He has been named to the Team QMJHL in the Remax games vs Team Russia. Playing on the top line and getting lots of PP time, Lambert so far is doing a good job of earning himself a contract before the June 1st deadline. His 4 game winning goals are tops in the Q as well, as he is scoring some big goals for the Rocket. He has an outside shot at making Team Canadaís U-20 team, as he was one of the top scorers for the Team Canada U-18 team in 2002.
October 2003 So far Lambert is off to a great start this year. He is the leading scorer of the PEI Rocket, and heís currently 4th in the QMJHL in scoring. Lambert is playing for a contract, as he must be signed by June 1st or he will reenter the draft. Perhaps this has fact and a new coach in Alain Vigneault has gotten Michael to produce at such a high level. After scoring 60 pts last year, Lambert is well on his way to surpass those numbers as long as he continues to get on the scoresheet, playing on the top line. Was named CHL player of the week for the week ending Sunday October 19, 2003. Lambert scored 4 goals and added 5 assists for 9 points in 3 games.
September 2003 Not known for being a fan favorite for his lack of effort and defensive game, a big season by Lambert and all will be forgiven, as the Rocket will need his offensive production, if they are to make a serious bid for the playoffs. So far in six games, heís picked up three goals, four assists, eight penalty minutes, while being a -1. 6-3-4-7 8 -1 Lambert can play both center and left wing, but with the depth at center for the Rocket, Michael will mostly be used on the 1st line left wing.
- Canadiens Sign Michael Lambert posted by Dan Linn