Norfolk Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect forward Chris Lawrence and defenseman Scott Jackson from the Admirals to the ECHL Mississippi Sea Wolves.
Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound right wing, has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 18 penalty minutes. The second-year pro has skated in 72 career American Hockey League games â€“ all with Norfolk â€“ and has scored six goals and 13 assists with 50 penalty minutes. Earlier this season, the 21-year-old appeared in seven games with the ECHL Augusta Lynx, scoring one goal and two assists with 25 penalty minutes. Lawrence was drafted by the Lightning in the third round (89th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, has appeared in 16 games with Norfolk this season, registering one assist and seven penalty minutes. The rookie made his professional debut on October 11 versus Hershey. Jackson was signed by Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent on July 3, and was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 37th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
The St. Pete Times is reporting that defenseman Kevin Quick and forward Chris Lawrence were recalled to Norfolk in a statement confirmed by Lightning GM Brian Lawton. Quick and Lawrence had been assigned to the now defunct Augusta Lynx.
Lawton went on to say that the Bolts are in discussions with "several" ECHL teams who want Quick and Lawrence, and that when a destination is determined, the players perhaps along with goalie Riku Helenius, will be moved together and not to different teams.
Victoria Salmon Kings, anyone?
The Lynx survived a 42 shot onslaught by the Charlotte Checkers snapping an 8 game losing streak by winning in a 2-1 shootout. Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius did not dress for the Lynx after being recalled by Tampa to the Norfolk Admirals. Both Chris Lawrence and Kevin Quick failed to convert on their shootout attempts.
Checkers owner Michael Kahn has been linked as one of the possible investors to prop up the Lynx $300,000 budget shortfall.
Augusta 2 @ Charlotte 1 SO
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; E; 2 PIM (boarding); 1 SOG
Augusta's record now stands at 6-10-1-2, and next play on Thursday night against the Mississippi Sea Wolves in Gulfport, MS.
In a home game marred by reports of financial trouble by the 10-year old Augusta franchise, the visiting Charlotte Checkers were merciless defeating the Lynx 6-2 behind a 4 goal 2nd period. Chris Lawrence assisted on the Lynx third period goal. Riku Helenius backed up Mike Brodeur before being recalled to the Norfolk Admirals. This was 2nd straight game that the Lynx lost by a score of 6-2.
Charlotte 6 @ Augusta 2
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 5 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; +1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-10-1-1, and complete the home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday.
Riku Helenius allowed 6 goals on 42 shots as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Lynx 6-2. Augusta's winless streak now stretches to 7 games amid concerns of reports that the franchise is struggling financially. As of Thanksgiving, the Lynx have only had 6 home games, with only 2 of those games on the weekend.
No word on why Chris Lawrence was not in the lineup.
Augusta 2 @ Gwinnett 6
G Riku Helenius: 6 GA; 60:00 MIN; 42 SH; 36 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-9-1-1, and next play a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday and Sunday.