Cam Russell and the Halifax Mooseheads have made the first big splash in the 2022-2023 QMJHL trade market by acquiring highly skilled ultra-point producer and Memorial Cup Champion Josh Lawrence from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Lawrence was acquired along with a 3rd round pick in 2023 by the Armada from the Cape Breton Eagles for Charles Boutin, a 2nd round draft pick #34 overall in 2022, and a 1st rounder (BLB) in 2024.
The highly skilled crafty forward will provide a tremendous offensive boost to an already deep skilled Mooseheads team. Lawrence’s acquisition indicates the Mooseheads intentions moving forward as a potential President Cup contender. The Armada had President Cup aspirations, but the loss of Patrick Guay to the pro ranks substantially derailed their plans of building a championship caliber team.
Lawrence is a fantastic playing making center who is also comfortable playing the wing position. He generates offensive opportunities and is a scoring threat every time he steps on the ice. There’s no question he’s a power play and penalty kill specialist and will add yet another element to already great specialty teams’ group in Halifax.
From elite level set up man to scoring threat Josh Lawrence might be one piece of the puzzle that puts the Halifax Mooseheads over the top. The experience he gained playing in the Memorial Cup with the Sea Dogs in their top six will be invaluable for the Mooseheads. By all accounts Russell and the Mooseheads are far from finished when it comes to building a contender this season. Look for more significant moves to be made in the up coming days and weeks ahead.