New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a professional contract with forward Lucas Lawson of the Maine Black Bears of Hockey East (HE). He will be assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) immediately. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lawson, 23, ranked second on the Black Bears in scoring this season, registering 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 39 matches. A member of the Hockey East Second Team All-Conference, he established career-highs in all major offensive categories, as well as led the team with 21 goals, six game-winning tallies and 161 shots on goal. In addition, Lawson finished his Maine career with the team's longest active consecutive games played streak, having appeared in 128 straight matches.
The 6-1, 205-pound forward skated in 145 career matches with Maine, registering 50 goals and 43 assists for 93 points, along with 83 penalty minutes. As a junior, Lawson finished third on the team with 18 goals and helped lead the Black Bears to the NCAA Frozen Four.
Prior to attending the University of Maine, the Braeside, Ontario native played his junior hockey for the Kanata Valley Lasers of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.