Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Lawton
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Brian Lawton starred at Mount St. Charles Academy where he became the top-rated amateur player in North America. He represented the United States at the 1983 World Junior Championships and was the first overall pick by the Minnesota North Stars at that summer's NHL Entry Draft.

The first U.S. High School player chosedn first overall, Lawton was solid with 31 points as a rookie in 1983-84 and was a member of the United States team that competed at the 1984 Canada Cup later that fall. Lawton continued to play solidly, if not spectacularly, over the next three years. During the late 1980s, he bounced around the league, suiting up for the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and Boston Bruins.

In 1991-92, Lawton scored 15 goals as a member of the expansion San Jose Sharks. Lawton retired after splitting the 1992-93 season between the Sharks and the IHL's Kansas City Blades and Cincinnati Cyclones.

Throughout his ten-year playing career, Lawton amassed 112 goals and 154 assists for 266 points in 483 NHL games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 26 45 43 88
1982-83 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 23 40 43 83
1982-83 United States Nat-Tm 7 3 2 5 6
1982-83 United States WJC-A 7 3 1 4 6
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 58 10 21 31 33 0 5 0 0 0 10
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 6 5 0 5 4
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 40 5 6 11 24 -2
1984-85 Springfield Indians AHL 42 14 28 42 37 4 1 1 2 2
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 65 18 17 35 36 +10 3 0 1 1 2
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 66 21 23 44 86 +20
1986-87 United States WEC-A 8 3 3 6 14
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 17 24 41 71 -10
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 30 7 10 17 39 -2
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 35 10 16 26 28 -9 3 1 0 1 0
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 2 1 3 6 -2
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 14 5 6 11 10 -9
1989-90 Boston Bruins NHL 8 0 0 0 14 -4
1989-90 Maine Mariners AHL 5 0 0 0 14
1990-91 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 63 26 40 66 108 11 4 9 13 40
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 59 15 22 37 42 -25
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 21 2 8 10 12 -9
1992-93 Kansas City Blades IHL 9 6 4 10 10
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 17 5 11 16 30
NHL Totals 483 112 154 266 401 11 1 1 2 12


Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Igor Liba and the rights to Rick Bennett for Paul Jerrard, Mark Tinordi, Mike Sullivan, the rights to Bret Barnett and Los Angeles' 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Murray Garbutt) in 1989 Entry Draft, October 11, 1988. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers with Norm MacIver and Don Maloney for Carey Wilson and Hartford's 5th round choice (Lubos Rob) in 1990 Entry Draft, December 26, 1988. Claimed on waivers by Quebec from Hartford, December 1, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Boston, February 7, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, July 27, 1990. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 9, 1991. Traded to New Jersey by San Jose for future considerations, January 22, 1993.