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.
Pens three-year deal
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July 2, 2019
Crouse landed a three-year, $4.6 million contract with Arizona on Tuesday.
It's a solid bridge deal for Crouse, as he set career highs in goals (11) assists (14) and shots (131) in 2018-19. The 21-year-old could feature on the same line as the newly acquired Phil Kessel, which would bolster his fantasy value and see him push for the 40-point mark this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
More Fantasy News
Receives qualifying offer
LWArizona Coyotes
June 25, 2019
Crouse was handed a qualifying offer by the Coyotes on Tuesday, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
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Physical beast in 2018-19
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April 9, 2019
Crouse compiled 25 points, 67 PIM and 288 hits over 81 games in the 2018-19 season.
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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
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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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