The Detroit Red Wings organization has to be truly happy with Amadeus Lombardi‘s progression during the 2022-23 season. He may not have been with the Red Wings or the Grand Rapids Griffins, but the performance that he put together in the Ontario Hockey League (IOHL) was downright fantastic.
The former Detroit Red Wings fourth-round pick from the 2022 NHL Entry Draft played his season with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL and put together video-game-like numbers. The kid deserves a stick tap. There was plenty of attention on him at times, but as a whole, he deserves some recognition for the incredible season he had.
He played in 67 games for the Firebirds, where he scored 45 goals and added 57 assists for 102 total points in the campaign. He went on to score five goals and add two assists for seven total points over seven post-season games as well.
The OHL performance was truly outstanding. He signed his entry-level deal and played in two games with the Griffins before the season ended, picking up an assist. After a fantastic season with Flint, what are the next steps?
Detroit Red Wings prospect Amadeus Lombardi made a name for himself.
Lombardi’s insane season was remarkable and deserves the recognition. But he’s also continuing to move on to the next challenge and the next steps. For him, that’s going to be acclimating to AHL hockey with the Griffins, looking to come out in 2023-24 and pick up where he left off, within reason.
Lombardi made a name for himself in the Red Wings community in 2022-23, and if you do not know who Lombardi is, now’s the time to get up to date on the 5-foot-10, 165-pound winger who is an offensive force.
Frankly, he can get involved and use his superior skating abilities to create opportunities. He finds ways to create space, create scoring chances, and the results are excellent. On top of that, Lombardi has tapped into the scoring touch and is looking to continue doing that.
He had some serious helium this spring and certainly popped off with his incredible performance starting last fall until now. The winger has to continue to prove he can tap into offense and do it at the next level and eventually the NHL, but for now, he deserves a stick tap.
He’ll return in 2023-24, looking to continue showing growth and advance as part of the Griffins roster this season. He may be a fourth-rounder but might be a sleeper pick to provide some great value down the line.