Nathan Lawson has been around, and it looks like he’ll finally get his shot at a starting role in the AHL.
The 29-year-old Calgary native has been re-signed by the Ottawa Senators, and reports are that he will be slotted into the starting gig for the Binghamton Senators. Lawson, who had previously spent time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hamilton Bulldogs, was inked by the Sens last year to back up Robin Lehner in the AHL. With Lehner getting the call to back up Craig Anderson in the bigs, and former Anderson understudy Ben Bishop shipped off to Tampa Bay, Lawson will move up the ranks.
Lawson, a keeper with 150 games of AHL experience, posted a 2.19 GAA and .938 SV% in 23 appearances last year with the B-Sens. In 2011-12, Lawson set a career high with five shutouts while a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
From the Sens, with an interesting note in the first paragraph:
His only appearance through the team’s first 34 games was a nightmare showing on Oct. 20. After Robin Lehner was ejected for fighting midway through the second period in a home game against Syracuse, Lawson entered with a 5-0 lead. The Crunch went on to score six straight goals to beat the B-Sens, 6-5.
Lawson had a lot of time to think about that appearance, not getting back between the pipes again until Jan. 12, the day the lockout ended. Lawson clearly felt comfortable as the No. 1 goaltender, finishing the season with a 12-6-2 record with 2.19 goals-against average and .938 save percentage and two shutouts in 23 games. He stopped 76 of 84 shots in the opening round of the AHL playoffs as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins swept the B-Sens in three games.
Let’s hope he keeps those “nightmare showings” to a minimum this coming year.