EAST LANSING — Logan Lambdin has dreamed of putting on the green and white Spartan sweater since he first started lacing up the skates, and next season he’ll finally get to fulfill that dream when he joins MSU Hockey.
Lambdin will join five other incoming freshmen next season as head coach Tom Anastos’ best recruiting class yet, and possibly the greatest recruiting class in MSU Hockey history. Lambdin is listed as a 5-foot-9, 176-pound left winger prospect and played for the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League (USHL) over the past two seasons. All of his hard work on the ice has led up to the opportunity to play for his “dream school” next fall.
He joined Hondo S. Carpenter Sr. recently on Spartan Nation Radio to talk about being a Spartan.
“It’s honestly been my dream school my whole life,” said Lambdin, who’s from Carleton, Mich. “It’s a great school. It’s my home school so that was one of the things that really sold me for it.”
After compiling 18 points (10-8-18) in 48 games in 2014-15, Lambdin stormed onto the scene this season with 47 points (28-19-47) in 58 games. Lambdin led his team with 28 goals and was ranked third in points during the regular season. Lambdin also ranked 11th in the USHL in goals.
The talented winger helped the Thunder earn a spot in the USHL Playoffs, with a best of five game series against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders starting on April 15.
Lambdin is known as an all-around player who plays at a high level at both ends of the ice, and considers himself similar to Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. He is aggressive and credits his strong two-way ability to playing defenseman before transitioning to forward.
“Something that has really helped me out is that I started off as a defenseman so that really helped me out being able to be a complete player,” Lambdin said.
He added that other strong assets of his game include skating ability, shooting and discipline to avoid penalties — he only had 46 penalty minutes this season.
At 20 years old Lambdin will be one of the oldest of the incoming recruits for next season. He was down to his final season in the USHL because of his age, creating some stress during the recruiting process. However, he said playing in the USHL longer has helped him develop into a better player.
“For sure,” Lambdin said when asked if he thinks he’s a better player than he was two years ago. “I didn’t grow until late and it really helped me improve my game playing with such great players and coaches. They really helped me excel.”
With the recruiting process wrapped up, Lambdin is excited about heading to MSU. He said he has a great relationship with the coaching staff and is looking forward to getting started in East Lansing next fall.
“It’s amazing going in with such great coaches that also were such great players back in the day,” Lambdin said. “(Assistant coach Tom Newton’s) been amazing. He’s led me through the whole recruiting process with Michigan State. On my tour he was amazing to me. I really can’t wait to be there.”