|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
|Teams||Minnesota North Stars (1983–1988)
New York Rangers (1988)
Hartford Whalers (1988–1989)
Quebec Nordiques (1989–1990)
Boston Bruins (1990)
San Jose Sharks (1991–1993)
|Born||January 29 1965
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
|NHL Draft||1st overall, 1983
Minnesota North Stars
|Pro Career||1983 – 1993|
Brian R. Lawton (born June 29, 1965 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island) is the current general manager and executive vice president of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was also a former professional player and player agent who played 483 games in the NHL between 1983 and 1992. During his career, Lawton played for the North Stars, New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.
He was drafted number one overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. A graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI, Lawton is noted for being the first US-born hockey player drafted first overall in the NHL draft. He was also the first and, as of 2008, only US high school hockey player to be drafted first overall.
Lawton was ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 1 overall prospect for the 1983 NHL draft, and despite a reasonable NHL career that included 266 career points in 483 games, he is considered to be one of the biggest draft busts in NHL history. This is in part because he was drafted ahead of players such as Steve Yzerman, Cam Neely, Tom Barrasso, Stu Grimson and Pat LaFontaine.
|1983–84||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||58||10||21||31||33||5||0||0||0||10|
|1984–85||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||40||5||6||11||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||65||18||17||35||36||3||0||1||1||2|
|1986–87||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||66||21||23||44||86||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||74||17||24||41||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||30||7||10||17||39||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991–92||San Jose Sharks||NHL||59||15||22||37||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||Kansas City Blades||IHL||9||6||4||10||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–93||San Jose Sharks||NHL||21||2||8||10||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|NHL First Overall Draft Pick
|Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars first-round draft picks|
|Minnesota: Cheesman • Benzelock • Redmond • Byers • Hicks • Bryan Maxwell • Sharpley • Brad Maxwell • Smith • Hartsburg • McCarthy • Palmer • Meighan • Bellows • Lawton • Quinn • Babe • Archibald • Modano • Zmolek • Hatcher • Matvichuk
Dallas: Harvey • Botterill • Iginla • Jackman • Morrow • Ott • Bacashihua • Vagner • Fistric • Niskanen • Vishnevskiy
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