Name: Josh Lawrence
Position: Center/Right Wing
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
Team: Saint John Sea Dogs
Age/DOB: 18-years-old, May 29th, 2002
Birthplace: Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Potential Draft Round: Top-nine Forward
NHL Potential: Fourth Round
Josh Lawrence is one of the more interesting prospects to keep an eye on ahead of the NHL Entry Draft. There is a lot to like in Lawrence’s game. He plays well at both ends of the ice and does a good job on the forecheck.
He plays very aggressive in the opposing teams zone when the Sea Dogs do not have the puck. He makes it very tough for the opposition to get out of their own zone. He is constantly moving around and does a great job anticipating where the puck will go which puts added pressure on the attacking team.
In his own zone, Lawrence works just as hard helping out with the defensive workload. He is very active with his stick and has found success taking pucks away, stopping scoring chances. He also is willing to get into battles along the boards or in front of the net.
Lawrence is not the easiest player to play against, largely due to his speed. Lawrence is an elusive skater who can control the puck very well at top speed. At full speed, defenders have a very hard time catching him and stripping him of the puck.
He uses his speed to not only enter the attacking zone, but to also evade defenders until he can find a space for himself. While his speed is one of his best traits, he also is very dangerous in front of the net. Throughout his time in the QMJHL, Lawrence has put his patience on display by waiting out goaltenders to create dangerous scoring chances.
Another area in which Lawrence shines is in the face-off circle. No other player in the QMJHL had a better face-off percentage then Josh Lawrence (with a minimum of 250 games played). The centreman’s skill in the face-off circle could be highly coveted by NHL teams and something that could propel his NHL Draft stock.
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