John Lammers had an up-and-down season in 2003-04 with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Lammers’ stock dropped considerably when he briefly left his squad in 2003. After participating in the 2004 CHL Top Prospects game, Lammers saw his stock rise. He was picked in the third round by the Dallas Stars.
Lammers entered 2005-06, his final season in junior hockey, with the Everett Silvertips after spending his first three with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He demanded a trade from Lethbridge after amassing 124 points (55 goals, 69 assists) in 181 career games as a Hurricane. Lammers was traded with a fourth round Bantam pick to Everett for Curtis Billsten, Keegan Bourelle and a fifth round Bantam pick.
Lammers was second in scoring on Everett only to top 2006 prospect Peter Mueller. He played on a line with Mueller and right wing Brady Calla.
Drafted 3rd round (86th overall), 2004 by Dallas.
2006-07: Lammers’ scoring pace was slowed considerably after leaving Peter Mueller’s side. Lammers spent most of the season with Iowa (AHL) scoring 14 points in 52 games. He also played nine games for Idaho (ECHL). It was in the playoffs that Lammers showed his stuff with Idaho. He placed third on the club in points with 19 (in 22 games) as the Steelheads won the Kelly Cup.
2007-08: The Canadian left winger would start the year with Dallas’ Finnish affiliate Ässät Pori [SML] before returning to the ECHL later in the year. The change did him well, he came back to 27 goals and 43 points in just 36 games – the best points-per-game average on the team by a good margin. He would only make one appearance in the AHL.
On the whole, Lammers possesses steady hockey sense, and a soft set of hands. His stick-handling ability, coupled with his ability to distribute the puck makes him a threat in the offensive zone. Adding solid skating ability also helps, as the shifty forward has deceptive speed.
A good shot is also in Lammers arsenal, however, he seems far too content to, for the most part, use it within 15 feet of the net. Lammers often times will unleash his shot before even entering the offensive zone, and rarely challenges opposing defenders to a physical confrontation. Driving to the net will be something Lammers has to learn, but even more important to furthering his game is playing in traffic, something Lammers shies away from.
On the defensive end of the ice, Lammers doesn’t appear to be lost, but will never overly impress with his positioning. Although he doesn’t consider it a liability, Lammers will need to work hard to improve his two-way game.