Lawson Crouse
Lawson Crouse
21-Year-Old Left WingLW
Arizona Coyotes
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in July 2015. Traded to the Coyotes in August of 2016.
Physical beast in 2018-19
LWArizona Coyotes
April 9, 2019
Crouse compiled 25 points, 67 PIM and 288 hits over 81 games in the 2018-19 season.
Crouse, who the Panthers picked in 11th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, had the best offensive season of his career, but he also carved out a new niche as a physical force. The 21-year-old's 288 hits ranked second in the league to Ryan Reaves, and he dropped the gloves three times. Crouse will be a restricted free agent this summer, and he'll almost certainly be extended a qualifying offer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Passes pair of assists
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April 4, 2019
Crouse supplied two helpers, four shots and five hits in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
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Production on the rise
LWArizona Coyotes
March 5, 2019
Crouse scored his 11th goal of the season in a 3-1 loss to the Ducks on Tuesday.
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Scores game-winner
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February 24, 2019
Crouse scored the game-winning goal Sunday against the Jets, his 10th goal of the season.
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Pots goal in win
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February 21, 2019
Crouse scored his ninth goal of the season to help in a 3-2 overtime win against the Canucks on Thursday.
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Setting tone physically
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February 12, 2019
Crouse has recorded 27 hits over six games in February.
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