With a late trade, the LA Kings acquired a seventh-round pick from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round selection and chose Kaleb Lawrence, a winger from the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
Position: Right Wing
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
NHL Central Scouting Final Ranking: NA
TSN/Bob McKenzie’s Final Ranking: 44
The Athletic/Corey Pronman’s Final Ranking: 69.
Stats (2021-22 OHL-Owen Sound Attack): 2 GP, 0-0 = 0, (2019-20 OHL-Owen Sound Attack): 39 GP, 5-3 = 8
What The Experts Said
Via Neutral Zone Scouting
A behemoth at 6-6 and 200 pounds and moves pretty well considering his size and build. We would not qualify him as a speedster but he is able to stay in the play utilizing those long strides to catch up. He could not be covered by just one defender, it was a necessity to cover him with two people because he could bowl his way through single defenders with a low shoulder. That strength will mean that teams will always have a place for him.
Quick Take – Lawrence only played two games last season, suffering an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of the season. The Kings must have liked what they saw from the 2019-20 season, making a deal a late selection and take the 19-year-old. As we get more information in the coming days and weeks, we’ll find out more about his game and upside at the NHL level.