Islanders Sign Former Grizzly Lawson

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League announced that that they have agreed to terms with former Utah Grizzlies goaltender Nathan Lawson.

Utah is the ECHL affiliate of the Islanders and Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. The head coach of the Islanders is former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon while former ECHL player and coach Scott Allen is an assistant coach for the Islanders. Former ECHL coach and executive Jack Capuano is head coach of Bridgeport while the assistant coaches are 2003-04 ECHL Coach of the Year and former ECHL player Pat Bingham and former Johnstown Chiefs assistant coach Matthew Bertani.

He was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2008-09 after going 19-9-2 with two shutouts while ranking second in the league with a save percentage of .927 and third with a goals-against average of 2.16 in 31 games for Bridgeport. He began the season with Utah and was 2-0-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average in two starts when he was called up to Bridgeport on Oct. 28, 2008.

The 25 year old played in the ECHL as a rookie in 2007-08 and was 3-2-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 3.01 and a save percentage of .910 in five games for Phoenix and 14-7-1 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .906 in 24 games with Utah. He was 5-4 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.87 and a save percentage of .905 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs to help the Grizzlies advance to the National Conference Finals.