Lawrence, Chris

AHL Game Night: 1-13-10 Bears at Admirals

Following the lead of the big club, the Admirals break through against the Caps' farm team.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
HER Wilson, (12) (Carlson, Pinizzotto), 13:24

Second Period
NOR Keller, (6) (Lawrence, Krajicek), 3:14
NOR Simek, (11) (Quick), 15:59

Third Period
NOR Craig, (13) (Keller, Lawrence), 3:22
HER McNeill, (3) (Aucoin, Giroux), 4:21
HER Giroux, (14) (McNeill, Gordon), 7:33
NOR Parrish, (9) , 19:53

Mark Parrish and Justin Keller were the game's first and second stars. The Admirals had lost all five of their previous encounters this season to the Bears, which was a streak of futility oddly similar to the one the Lightning just broke against the Capitals. The Admirals pull into the halfway point of the season at four games under .500, and they'll be 1-2 points behind Adirondack for fourth in the division by the end of the night, tied with both Syracuse and Binghamton at 36 points.

Chris Lawrence broke a 17 game scoreless streak with his first multi-point night of the season. Way to go, Larry.

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AHL Preseason Game Day: 9/27 Admirals at Bears

A couple of Admirals tryouts are looking like serious contenders to make the team.

HER-4 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Jaroslav Janus midway through the game. Janus allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the overtime loss, and now the Lightning will need to make a decision whether to sign the young Slovak to an entry-level deal or send him back to Erie of the OHL for one more season.

Juraj Simek and tryouts Matt Dias and Tommy Goebel scored the Admirals' goals. Mitch Fadden, Kevin Quick, Ty Wishart (twice), and Chris Lawrence added assists.

Norfolk was outshot 30-27 in the game.

Tommy Goebel has been the story so far in Admirals camp among the tryouts. The diminutive Parma, Ohio native is entering his second year of pro hockey after splitting last season between Wheeling of the ECHL (42 points in 35 games) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL (4 goals and 12 points in 25 games). Goebel played four years in the CCHA split between Michigan State and Ohio State, amassing 54 goals and 115 points in 147 games. Goebel could add more speed to an Admirals lineup that was one of the slowest in the AHL over the past two seasons.

Matt Dias is trying to earn a pro contract after four years with Sudbury of the OHL. Last season Dias had 31 goals and 66 points in 68 games.

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Bolts Reassign Four to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defensemen Kevin Quick and Scott Jackson along with forwards Chris Lawrence and Mitch Fadden to the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Fadden, a first-year pro and prolific scorer for Tri-City and Lethbridge of the WHL, was thought to have a shot at getting an exhibition game with the Lightning but that will have to wait until the Admirals pre-season begins. Jackson, Quick and Lawrence each spent the majority of last season with the Admirals, with Lawrence begining the final year of his three-year entry level rookie contract this season. With these four assignments, the Lightning reduce the size of their camp roster to 43.

Lightning prospects remaining at the 2009 Lightning training camp include goaltenders Riku Helenius and Dustin Tokarski; defensemen Victor Hedman, Matt Lashoff, Ty Wishart, and Vladimir Mihalik; forwards Steve Downie, Carter Ashton, Richard Panik, Dana Tyrell, Paul Szczechura, Martins Karsums, Radek Smolenak, Blair Jones, James Wright, Juraj Simek, and Lauri Tukonen.

AHL Game Night 3/18: Senators at Admirals

The Admrials continue to experience third period collapses.


Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Simek, (7) (Konopka, Lundin), 10:49 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Karlsson, (7) (Mauldin, Regin), 10:51
BNG Weller, (4) , 15:12
NOR Smolenak, (20) , 17:05

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) , 6:26 (PP)
BNG Mauldin, (19) (Regin, Smith), 7:05 (PP)
BNG Regin, (16) (Petruic), 9:17
NOR Lawrence, (5) (Keller, Zingoni), 14:46

Radek Smolenak scored his 20th goal and there was a third Chris Lawrence sighting. Accentuate the positive, I suppose.

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Chris Lawrence


Out of Organization
Right Wing
Toronto, ONT
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#89) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Norfolk (AHL)
Projects As: 
Second line center

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Marie (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$585 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$583 333
$583 333
$588 334



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


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.


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.


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.


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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|        
  Did not play |        
 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 PanthersEIHL61 25 3863 135|        
  Nottingham PanthersChampions HL6 0 11 16|        
 2015-2016 Coventry BlazeEIHL9 0 11 12|        
  Sheffield SteelersEIHL17 7 714 17|        
  Nottingham PanthersEIHL36 5 1722 40|Playoffs4 1 12
 2016-2017 Nottingham PanthersEIHL10 8 513 23|        

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AHL Game Night 3/14: Admirals at Senators

Vengeance wore a blue jersey tonight.


Craig Kowalski allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Bochenski, (26) (Konopka), 19:53

Second Period

Third Period
BNG Mauldin, (17) (Regin, Hamel), 0:16
NOR Smolenak, (19) (Lawrence, Quick), 0:53
NOR Simek, (6) (Jones, Henley), 1:23
NOR Zingoni, (4) (Konopka, Boyle), 1:52
NOR Jones, (17) (Simek, Hooton), 9:20
BNG Mauldin, (18) (Regin), 11:08

Kowalski and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. Smolenak is just one goal away from hitting 20 for the first time in his professional career. Meanwhile, Blair Jones moved just 3 goals shy of accomplishing the same feat.

Two Chris Lawrence sitings in as many nights?

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AHL Game Night 3/13: Admirals at Senators

Tough night in Binghamton.


Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 15 shots for the loss before giving way to Craig Kowalski who allowed 2 goals on 11 shots the rest of the way.

First Period

Second Period
BNG Hamel, (24) (Slattengren, Glass), 10:45
BNG Slattengren, (10) (Mauldin), 11:48
BNG Bomersback, (2) (Konkle, McGregor), 15:05
BNG Mauldin, (16) (Hamel), 15:58

Third Period
BNG Pope, (2) (Taormina, Zubov), 5:11
NOR Lawrence, (4) (Konopka, Segal), 5:39
BNG Smith, (20) (Carkner), 8:46 (SH)
NOR Hooton, (2) (Simek), 12:59

Wow, a Chris Lawrence siting.

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ECHL Game Night 12/29: Sea Wolves at Gladiators

Scott Jackson rang up his first professional goal, a game winning power play tally, with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation to propel Mississippi past Gwinnett 4-3. Jackson earned First Star honors, while Chris Lawrence set up the Wolves' first goal for his first point since joining Mississippi two nights ago.

Mississippi 4 @ Gwinnett 3
D Scott Jackson: 1-0-1 (PP); -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG; *FIRST STAR*
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG

Mississippi travels back to Charleston, SC to take on the Stingrays in a New Years Eve tilt Wednesday night.

ECHL Game Night 12/28: Sea Wolves at Stingrays

Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson turned in a repeat performance Sunday night in the rematch with the South Carolina, both turning in -2 efforts as the Stingrays defeated the Sea Wolves behind Michael Dubuc's 4 goals. Lawrence also tangled with the Stingrays' Viktor Dovgan.

Mississippi 3 @ South Carolina 6
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 9 PIM; 2 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 5 PIM (fighting major); 0 SOG

Mississippi plays their third road game in as many nights against the Gwinnett Gladiators as the ECHL's only Monday night tilt.

ECHL Game Night 12/27: Sea Wolves at Stingrays

Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson joined the Sea Wolves squad in Charleston, SC tonight after being reassigned from Norfolk earlier today. Not the best of debuts, Lawrence and Jackson on the same 5-on-5 squad were on the ice for the Stingray's first and third goals.

Mississippi 2 @ South Carolina 3
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 2 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG

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