Chris Lawrence

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.04
Weight: 
199
Born: 
02/05/1987
Age: 
26
Hometown: 
Toronto, ONT
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#89) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Norfolk (AHL)
Projects As: 
Second line center
Prospect Ranking: 
24
Depth Chart Weight: 
6

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2005
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
89
Draft Team: 
Marie (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
05/31/2007
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$585 000
Contract Start Year: 
2007
Contract End Year: 
2010
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$583 333
Salary: 
$583 333
Salary: 
$588 334

Bio

History: 

Junior Career

Chris Lawrence was selected in the 1st Round, 6th overall, of the 2003 OHL Priority Draft by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. In his rookie season at the major junior level in 2003-2004 he scored 7 goals and 13 points in 62 games. The following year, playing on a line with Flyers first round pick Jeff Carter, Lawrence improved to 11 goals and 51 points in 68 games. At season's end he was ranked the 38th best North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Service and he was selected by the Lightning in the 3rd round, 89th overall, of the June 2005 draft. In the Fall, Lawrence attended his first Traverse City Prospect Tournament where he was held scoreless in 4 games. Lawrence's disappointing performance at Traverse City foreshadowed a slow start for his season with the Greyhounds and after 29 games, in which he scored just 3 goals and 17 points, he was traded to the Mississauga Ice Dogs. With the Dogs, Lawrence found his stride scoring 20 goals for Mississauga in 38 games, just 1 less than his entire junior career goal totals prior to the trade, and 36 points in 38 games. In 67 total games, Lawrence scored 23 goals and 53 points with 91 penalty minutes in the 2005-2006 season. In 2006-2007 Lawrence exploded for 47 goals and 88 points in 64 games with Mississauga while also compiling a +29 rating and 113 penalty minutes. Lawrence also posted 3 goals and 4 points in 5 playoff games as the Ice Dogs were upset in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Professional Career

The Lightning signed Lawrence to a standard three year entry level contract on May 31, 2007 and he will likely begin his pro career in the Fall with Norfolk of the AHL.

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Lawrence was regarded as a solid draft prospect for good reason -- quite simpley, he possesses first/second round size and skills. His 40 assists in 2004-2005 were largely due to Carter, but Lawrence is an adequate passer in his own right. Many questioned his high-upside skills after the slow start to 2005-2006, but Lawrence responded to the trade to Mississauga and increased offensive responsibilities with 20 goals in under a half of a season. Most importantly, Lawrence's approach changed for the better as he was more aggressive offensively, including looking to shoot more. He also showed good effort in Mississauga, getting involved in the game physically. Scouts and fans have been waiting for Lawrence to become the sum of all his parts, and perhaps the trade to Mississauga was the key to unlocking his potential.

Weaknesses: 

Lack of consistency and work ethic are two traits that have followed Lawrence around the OHL in his young career like a black cloud. Such expectations come with being a top-10 OHL pick and being compared to Carter. It was thought with the departure of Carter to Philadelphia of the NHL that Lawrence would take the bull by the horns and lead the Sault back to the playoffs. However, Lawrence underachieved badly before the trade. Because of his strong finish to the 2005-2006 season with the Ice Dogs, perhaps that black cloud is starting to clear. Lawrence must continue to put his game together, becoming the sum of his parts. He must also work on his average skating ability. As he matures in a leadership role in the OHL, he will get every opportunity to make himself a steal for the Lightning in the third round. Fans must be patient with the big center’s development, but hold him accountable for his approach to the game. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of that cloud.

Projection: 

Lawrence has second-line upside. With the Lightning, he will go as far as his work ethic can take him. He has the raw skills to make it to the NHL and has often been compared to former Philadelphia first rounder Ryan Carter.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2002-2003 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAGTMMHL36 20 2444 82|        
 2003-2004 Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL62 7 613 34|        
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-176 3 36 2|        
 2004-2005 Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL68 11 4051 57|Playoffs7 3 36
  Canada U18WJC-186 1 01 4|        
 2005-2006 Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL29 3 1417 31|        
  Mississauga IceDogsOHL38 20 1636 60|        
 2006-2007 Mississauga IceDogsOHL64 47 4188 113|Playoffs5 3 14 14 
 2007-2008 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL53 5 1116 32|        
 2008-2009 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL48 5 38 37|        
  Augusta LynxECHL7 1 23 25|        
  Mississippi Sea WolvesECHL3 0 11 5|        
 2009-2010 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL72 0 77 49|        
 2010-2011 Stockton ThunderECHL57 22 3254 83|Playoffs4 0 33
  Worcester SharksAHL6 1 01 15|        
  Houston AerosAHL2 0 00 0|        
 2011-2012 EC SalzburgET8 0 22 10|        
 2012-2013 San Francisco BullsECHL6 2 35 10|        
  Orlando Solar BearsECHL19 4 1014 14|        
 2013-2014 Kalamazoo WingsECHL59 16 1935 103|Playoffs4 0 11
 2014-2015 Nottingham PanthersEIHL- - -- -|        
  Nottingham PanthersChampions HL2 0 00 6|        

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