OHL Prospect Profile: Kaleb Lawrence
– Kaleb Lawrence –
OHA Maroon (HEO) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Ottawa, Ontario | 6-foot-5, 202-pounds | January 10th, 2003
Kaleb Lawrence is a dynamic centre with tremendous size. He consistently displays high-end puck skills and an electric shot with pinpoint accuracy. An offensive catalyst for OHA Maroon, Lawrence’s 12 goals and 23 points through his opening 16 HEO Midget games this season ranked him second amongst 2019 OHL Draft eligibles in points-per-game, behind over Connor Lockhart.
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Lawrence is an offensive-minded wizard with the puck, but remains responsible as a two-way centre as well. He utilizes his long stride to backcheck deep into the d-zone and uses his superior physicality to support his defencemen in retrieving pucks. Lawrence naturally displays overwhelming strength both in pursuit and protection of the puck, and can lay punishing open-ice checks with regularity.
- Puck Skills
- Power & Strength
Simply put, Kaleb Lawrence is a beast with the puck and is virtually unstoppable once he picks up some speed. Showcasing incredible skills with the puck, Lawrence makes opposing defenders look silly with creative and effective moves. Once in a position to shoot, Lawrence has already determined where potential holes in the goaltenders are, and uses an incredibly accurate snap shot to cash in.
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He often uses his long reach and quick hands to switch up shooting angles and create opportunities for himself. Lawrence’s release is electric and powerful, making him an elite-level scorer. A man amongst boys, even in HEO Midget, Lawrence utilizes his 6-foot-5, 202-pound frame to protect the puck as well as anyone, or to deliver booming body checks to effectively separate opponents from the puck.
Area of Improvement:
- Foot Speed & Agility
As a projectable power forward, Lawrence already shows the imperative traits to be a successful star at the next level. With that said, if there’s one area to focus on improving, it would likely be his skating. While he certainly moves up the ice very well for a player of his size, especially one who is still growing into his frame, Lawrence could potentially add some foot speed and top-end speed.
While Lawrence is able to build speed as he lugs up the ice and easily hold off opponents as he drives the net, some extra foot speed and agility would only make him that much more creative and dangerous. As he continues to develop and mature within his frame, he should naturally improve in these areas, making his OHL future extremely intriguing.
Kaleb Lawrence is a dynamic centre who can take over games and dictate the pace of play. Displaying tremendous puck skills along with physical dominance, there’s not much stopping Lawrence once he reaches top speeds. His offensive production rivals, and even surpasses, the likes of Mason McTavish and Connor Lockhart in HEO Midget.
Forecasting Lawrence’s major junior potential, he projects as an early-to-mid second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.