Lawson Crouse
Lawson Crouse
22-Year-Old Left WingLW
Arizona Coyotes
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Crouse's production spiked with 25 points and 288 hits in 81 games in 2018-19. The lofty hit total ranked second in the league, trailing only Ryan Reaves. A first-round pick from 2015, Crouse's offense has been slow to develop in three years. He still skated an average of 12:57 last year -- bottom-six minutes, but that average ticked up to 14:22 from the start of February. Crouse received a three-year contract in the summer, and he'll have to continue improving to have a larger role with the Coyotes. He could get first-line minutes to start this season, and a role on the wing opposite Phil Kessel would do wonders for Crouse's value. If he can stick in that spot, the 22-year-old might enjoy his first 40-point campaign, although it'll be his elite hit numbers that sustain his fantasy relevance in deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.6 million contract with the Coyotes in July of 2019.
Pair of hits in return
LWArizona Coyotes
October 12, 2019
Crouse (upper body) had two hits and a shot on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche.
ANALYSIS
The rough-and-tumble winger now has nine hits through three games this season, but he hasn't generated any offense. Expect Crouse to see continued usage as a middle-six winger.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:10
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
10:56
0:03
0:20
2018–19
12:57
0:05
1:18
2019–20
14:10
0:02
1:14
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2015
Crouse doesn't qualify as a modern-day goon since he possesses decent puck skills for a power forward. Easily one of Arizona's biggest line defenders (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), “The Sheriff” has accrued six goals, seven assists, and 189 hits through 83 NHL games. Crouse played in 72 contests as a rookie, averaging 11:53 per game. However, despite cracking the Opening Night roster last season, the 11th overall pick from the 2015 draft (via the Panthers) was viewed as a spare forward, drawing into a mere 11 games before receiving a one-way ticket to AHL Tucson on Jan. 5. This next season could make or break Crouse -- he's entering a contract year with Arizona and will be under club control once the entry-level deal expires in the summer of 2019.
Crouse is a promising power forward attempting to stand out among a throng of similarly talented youngsters in Arizona. Last season, the 2014 first-round pick (via the Panthers) registered a mere 12 points in 72 games to go along with a minus-20 rating. Those rookie numbers aren't too alarming given that the 'Yotes as a team struggled on both sides of the puck, and Crouse should go a long way with more experience under his belt. He's projected to slide into the bottom-six group with Nick Cousins and Dylan Strome, a phenom regarded for his puck skills.
The 11th overall pick in the 2015 Entry Draft by the Panthers, Crouse was one of the more polarizing players in the draft. Potentially a top-five pick, Crouse slipped due to concerns that the large size advantage he enjoyed in the OHL would be negated by the increased size and speed of other players as he progressed into the professional ranks. It wasn't enough to deter the Panthers from selecting Crouse, who will be given a nine-game trial with the parent club this season before likely heading back to Kingston, his junior team. The 6-foot-4 Crouse will probably need some time to gain strength and speed, but he's an intriguing pick in dynasty leagues if you're willing to be patient, as big-bodied players tend to take longer to develop and refine their games.
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Back in business
LWArizona Coyotes
October 12, 2019
Crouse (upper body) will play Saturday against the Avalanche.
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Could play Saturday
LWArizona Coyotes
Upper Body
October 12, 2019
Crouse (upper body) will be a game-time decision Saturday in Colorado, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
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Remains sidelined
LWArizona Coyotes
Upper Body
October 10, 2019
Crouse (upper body) has yet to return to practice, NHL.com's Alan Robinson reports.
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Bothered by injury
LWArizona Coyotes
Upper Body
October 7, 2019
Crouse is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Richard Morin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Pens three-year deal
LWArizona Coyotes
July 2, 2019
Crouse landed a three-year, $4.6 million contract with Arizona on Tuesday.
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