Lawson Crouse

Arizona Coyotes
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Fantasy Summary

Crouse won’t be a big-time scorer but he should provide solid offensive numbers and contribute in all of the peripheral categories, especially hits.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6
NHL Certainty 8
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 23, 1997
Height 6‘4”
Weight 220 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 1; Overall: 11

Observations

June 2018- While disappointing to see Crouse spend most of 2017-18 in the AHL, it was good for his development as he showed much to his game than just hitting anything in sight. He put up solid offensive numbers with 15 goals and 32 points in 56 games along with 70 penalty minutes.  Crouse was huge on a line with fellow 2015 first-rounders Strome and Merkley, doing most of the dirty work for the trio, digging pucks out of corners and giving his linemates space on the ice to work their skill. He became a leader for Tucson and was huge in their playoff run, putting up eight points in nine games. There seems more to his game then a fourth line forward who plays five minutes a night and the Coyotes are trying to unlock that by letting Crouse dominate in the AHL. Don’t get to excited about the power forward yet as there is a very good chance he plays 2018-19 mostly in the AHL also. Keith Duggan

November 2017- After spending the whole 2016-17 season in the NHL, tallying five goals and seven assists, the Coyotes decided to take a different path wth Crouse this year. He spent the first nine games with the big club, two of them a healthy scratch, going scoreless but leading the Coyotes in hits. With the Coyotes struggling the team shook up the lineup and sent Crouse to Tucson, their AHL affiliate to recieve more playing time and work on his overall game. Many thought that Crouse was rushed to the NHL last season, and playing on the fourth line of a losing team wasn’t very good for his development. So far he’s responded well to the demotion, playing on a line with fellow 2015 first-rounders Dylan Strome and Nick Merkley. Crouse has racked up two goals and five points in six games, while still playing his robust, hit everything in sight game. If you have him in your dynasty league, don’t give up on Crouse yet. He’ll be back with the Coyotes soon, hopefully with a little more offense to his game. Keith Duggan

 October 2016- Lawson Crouse has made the Coyotes and will make his NHL debut on Saturday night. The 19-year-old has made quite an impression as a high-energy, smart addition to the bottom-six who can kill penalties. He collected over 20 hits during the preseason, resulting in an assist and a half dozen takeaways. Crouse also showed NHL grit and toughness coming to the defense of teammates on several occasions during the preseason. Don’t expect big numbers right away as Crouse is slated to begin his NHL career on the fourth line though. Keith Duggan

 August 2016- The Coyotes have acquired prospect Lawson Crouse and Dave Bolland from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the team’s conditional third-round draft choice in 2017 and a conditional second-round draft choice in 2018. The trade was basically for salary-cap reasons as it helped get rid of Bolland’s hefty contract but it was a costly one by the Panthers as Crouse was considered one of their best prospects. The 11th overall pick from 2015 draft racked up 23 goals and 39 assists, a plus -13 and 56 penalty minutes in 49 games with Kingston of the OHL last season. Crouse, according to Coyotes General Manager John Chayka, will compete for a spot on the NHL roster next month. “I think he’s close (to NHL ready),” Chayka said on a conference call with reporters. “What it comes down to is coming to camp and earning a spot.” Keith Duggan

 April 2016 – Crouse was a key member of the Kingston Frontenacs in game two of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Crouse saw an average of one minute on each of Kingston’s power play opportunities. He also saw time on the penalty kill, defending the top points in the defensive zone. His vision and ability to read the ice were put on display, delivering crisp, clean cross ice passes to several teammates, including Islanders top prospect Dal Colle. In the game, Crouse was instrumental in getting an assist in Kingston’s tying goal by Florida Panthers prospect Juho Lammikko with just minutes left in the third period. Despite Kingston falling in overtime, Crouse’s patience with the puck and waiting for an open teammate was evident in a high-pressure overtime situation. Crouse currently has ten points in eight games played in the OHL post season. – Chris Crawford

March 2016- Lawson Crouse, although not on the score sheet last night in game 3 of the Kingston Frotenacs opening round series against the Oshawa Generals, had plenty of good moments in the game. He played on Kingston’s first power-play unit, seeing significant ice time, including 1:30 on Kingston’s first man advantage. His role on the powerplay is to use his big body to create a net front presence, very similar to how the Montreal Canadiens use Brendan Gallagher. Throughout the game, Crouse showed great patience with the puck, fended off defenders and used his reach with the stick to kill penalties. Out of the penalty box, Crouse used his speed to get a breakaway opportunity, and although couldn’t score, showed why his skating is so strong. His play on the defensive side of the puck is great to see from the top Florida Panthers prospect, his read on getting his stick and body in shooting lanes and using his body to get in front of defenders makes it hard for opponents to get good looks at the net when he is on the ice. Chris Crawford

March 2016 – Crouse is enjoying the most successful campaign in his OHL career. He has produced 22 goals accompanied by 34 assists through 46 games. The physical force has continued to be a presence on the ice with 56 penalty minutes, showing his willingness to be involved in all aspects of the game. The Kingston Frontenacs’ forward is likely to make the jump to the NHL next season and could immediately compete to become a top-six player for the young Panthers. Lee Rayson

 October 2015 – In a surprising move, the Panthers have sent Crouse back to the OHL which means we won’t see him in a Panthers jersey until next season. The hulking rookie was thought to at least experience the nine game trial before any decisions were made, but after an unimpressive main camp the decision was made to send him back to junior. Make no mistake however, this bruising winger will be a factor for fantasy leagues in the future, stash him if you can. – Lee Rayson

September 2015 – Crouse could be one of the few prospects that makes an immediate jump to the NHL after being drafted.  After being labeled as their best player in their development camp earlier this Summer, both GM Tallon and Head Coach Gallant feel he has the tools to play in the top six this season.  He put up modest numbers last season with 51 points in 56 games, but with his large frame the hulking forward has the body to handle the physicality of NHL demands immediately if he capitalizes on the training camp opportunity. – Lee Rayson

June 2015 – The Florida Panthers add big skilled two-way winger Lawson Crouse with the 11th overall selection at the 2015 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

November 2014 – Don’t get wrapped up by his mediocre offensive production because you need to watch this kid to really appreciate what he brings to the game. Lawson Crouse is the type of player that every coach wants on his team because you can throw him out in every situation and know he’s going to make an impact. One of the smartest two-way forwards in the draft, Crouse has the size and strength that makes him a low-risk selection and he can play up and down in the lineup. He’s shown impressive gains in his offensive game and there’s no reason to think he won’t be a top-six winger at the next level. Every time he hits the ice, he does something – whether it’s dominating the cycle game or stripping an attacking player of possession – that makes you go, “wow, he’s going to be good”. Lawson Crouse has scored nine times and sits with 13 points through 21 games. He’s projected as a Top 10 pick for the 2015 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Elgin Middlesex Chi. Bantam AAA AHBPL - - - - - |          
  Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 1 1 0 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 27 22 28 50 51 | Playoffs 7 4 5 9 10 
  Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 4 2 6 6 |          
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-16 5 1 2 3 2 |          
  Elgin Middlesex Chi. Mn Mdgt AAA Midget 81 79 105 184 72 |          
  St. Thomas Stars GOJHL 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2013-2014 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 63 15 12 27 64 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 2 2 4 0 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 1 0 1 0 |          
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev 3 1 0 1 4 |          
  Kingston Frontenacs OHL 56 29 22 51 70 | Playoffs 4 2 1 3 18 
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 6 0 6 8 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 1 2 3 0 |          
 2015-2016 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 49 23 39 62 56 | Playoffs 9 7 4 11
  Portland Pirates AHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 2 3 5 2 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Arizona Coyotes NHL 72 5 7 12 48 |          
 2017-2018 Arizona Coyotes NHL 11 1 0 1 7 |          
  Tucson Roadrunners AHL 56 15 17 32 70 | Playoffs 9 2 6 8
 2018-2019 Arizona Coyotes NHL - - - - - |          

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