Jason Lawrence came onto the radar during the 2001-02 season, while playing at Austin Prep in Massachusetts. During that time he also participated in the Boston Junior Bruins program. He continued on with the Bruins for the 2002-03 season. Steadily improving and climbing up the ranks while skating for several U.S. Select teams, Lawrence was chosen to participate in the USNDTP. During the 2003-04 season, he played for the U-17 program and scored a total of 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games played. The Massachusetts native continued skating with the development program during the 2004-05 season. In 52 contests played, he notched a total of 45 points (26 goals, 19 assists) for fifth in overall scoring for that club.
Lawrence also played with the U-18 U.S. National team during the 2004-05 season and was on all three of Team USA’s gold medal teams. During the first of three consecutive sweeps, he scored five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in five games at the Five Nations Tournament in Tjorn, Sweden. He went on to play at the Compuware Four Nations Cup in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He finished the year and his career with the NTDP at the 2005 IIHF World U-18 Championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. During his farewell tournament, he scored a total of five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in six games played. Of the three goals, two of them came on the power play. He finished the tournament fourth in team scoring.
Lawrence is a smart player who uses all his skill and ability to his advantage. He is a good skater with exceptional speed. He can catch an opponent off guard with his deftness and his skill. Lawrence is a creative player who finds ways to get results. He is a very disciplined player, who has seen his time increase in all situations. He plays with some bite and is not afraid to go up against the bigger guys. Lawrence is very strong on the forecheck and possesses a bit of a scorer’s touch.