The Halifax Mooseheads just made their deadly offence much deeper by acquiring Josh Lawrence from the Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada.
In a release Monday morning, the Mooseheads announced they acquired Lawrence in exchange for their 2023 second-round pick and their 2024 first-round selection.
“We are very pleased to add someone of Josh’s caliber to our already talented lineup. He brings elite level offense and valuable experience that will help our club tremendously this season,” said Cam Russell, general manager of the Mooseheads, in the release.
So far this season, Lawrence has racked up 15 goals and 17 assists through 25 games with the Armada, nearly matching the pace he achieved last year where he scored 31 goals and 101 points in 68 games played for the Memorial Cup winning Saint John Sea Dogs.
He has also collected 224 points in 244 career games in the QMJHL.
The Fredericton, New Brunswick native will join Stephane Huard Jr. as just the second overage player on the team, leaving room for more additions and potentially one more 20-year-old come the QMJHL trade deadline on January 6th.
With a large portion of the roster eligible to return for the 2023-24 season, including leading scorer Jordan Dumais, the front office was able to stomach losing a pair of picks to acquire Lawrence.
He is expected to be a key player who should solidify the top-six among the best in the QMJHL and set Halifax up for a title run in 2022-23.
Lawrence is expected to make his debut Wednesday evening in Rimouski where the Herd will take on the Oceanic. He will have to wait until December 8th to make his home debut versus the Gatineau Olympiques.