Lawson Crouse

Lawson Crouse

26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Arizona Coyotes
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Crouse is arguably being overused in Arizona, but not by a lot. Although he set career highs in 2022-23 with 24 goals and 45 points in 77 contests, those offensive numbers still aren't too impressive when you consider that he was averaging 17:45 of ice time. To put that into context, there were 105 forwards last season who averaged at least 17:00 and logged a minimum of 70 contests, and of them Crouse was tied for 93rd in total points. The 26-year-old also made up for some of his offensive deficiencies by contributing without the puck, as illustrated by his 194 hits and 58 blocks. Crouse probably isn't going to do any better offensively this season, even if Arizona is projected to continue to give him top-six minutes, but the 175-200 hits he's likely to accumulate will make him at least noteworthy in many fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $21.5 million contract extension with the Coyotes in August of 2022.
Pots game-winner Wednesday
LWArizona Coyotes
April 17, 2024
Crouse scored a goal on two shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.
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Crouse's third-period tally held as the game-winner. The 26-year-old rebounded from a midseason slump to put up nine points over the last 15 games of the campaign. He finished with 23 goals, 42 points, 171 shots on net, 175 hits, 36 PIM and a minus-7 rating across 81 appearances in a middle-six role in 2023-24.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:49
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:34
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:09
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
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17:26
1:55
1:45
2022–23
17:45
1:44
2:15
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16:49
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Going to arbitration
LWArizona Coyotes
July 22, 2022
Crouse and the Coyotes are scheduled for an arbitration hearing Aug. 8.
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Crouse posted his first 20-goal season while scoring a career-high 34 points during the 2021-22 campaign. The 25-year-old winger also racked up 181 hits and 131 shots while averaging 17:26 of ice time. The two sides were working on a contract but talks weren't progressing so Crouse could play the 2022-23 season on a one-year deal.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Crouse is best served as a bottom-six banger, but the Coyotes, lacking better options, increased his offensive role in 2021-22 and to Crouse's credit, he responded. The 2015 No. 11 overall draft selection finished the season with career-best marks in goals (20), points (34), and power-play points (7) while adding 180-plus hits (181) for the third time in four years. Crouse's numbers would have been even more impressive had he not missed Arizona's final 12 games due to a hand injury. The Coyotes made Crouse a priority this offseason, inking him to a new five-year, $21.5 million contract extension. It's difficult to envision a scenario in which Crouse's offensive production actually increases, but the hits are here to stay, making him a legitimate late-round option in leagues which value that statistic.
Crouse has made himself a relevant name in fantasy circles, primarily because he's among the league leaders in hits almost every season. Crouse has finished with no fewer than 155 hits in any campaign in which he's played at least 51 games, and he should threaten for 250 hits over the course of a full 82-game season in 2021-22. Toss in double-digit goals and roughly 20-25 points and Crouse makes for a decent late-round fantasy play depending on your league's settings.
Crouse took a step forward in 2019-20, matching his 25-point output from the year before in 15 fewer games. The 11th overall pick from 2015 also brought plenty of his trademark physicality with 201 hits in 66 contests. He's grown into a solid third-line role with the Coyotes, although last season's success may have largely been a product of his unsustainable 13.8 shooting percentage. The 23-year-old winger should be able to push for 30 points and 200 hits over a full season, giving him some categorical value in deeper fantasy formats. Expectations shouldn't be too high, as Crouse is still expected to only play middle-six minutes in 2020-21.
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.
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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Provides helper in win
LWArizona Coyotes
April 10, 2024
Crouse notched an assist, three hits, two blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.
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Multi-point effort
LWArizona Coyotes
April 7, 2024
Crouse scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over the Sharks on Sunday.
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Collects helper in win
LWArizona Coyotes
April 5, 2024
Crouse recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 7-4 win over the Golden Knights.
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Finds twine on power play
LWArizona Coyotes
March 30, 2024
Crouse scored a power-play goal on two shots and added two hits in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Rangers.
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Generates assist Thursday
LWArizona Coyotes
March 28, 2024
Crouse notched an assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Thursday's 8-4 win over the Predators.
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