Lawson Crouse: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

Lawson Crouse — 

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Lawson Crouse.

League:  OHL     Team: Kingston Frontenacs

Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Jun. 23, 1997     Birthplace:  Mt. Brydges, ON

Height: 6’4     Weight:  220

2014-15 OHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 56   G: 29   A: 22  Pts: 51  PIM: 70   Plus/Minus: +10

2014-15 OHL Stats:  Playoffs 

Games: 4  G: 2   A: 1  Pts: 3  PIM: 18   Plus/Minus: -7

Lawson Crouse played this past season in the OHL for the Kingston Frontenacs.

Achievements:

1.  Selected 5th overall in the 1st round by the Kingston Frontenacs in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft.

2.  Named 2013-14 OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

3.  Represented Canada and won a Gold Medal at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament .

4.  Represented Canada and won a Gold Medal at the 2015 U20 World Junior Hockey Championship.

5.  Played for Team Orr at the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects game.

Offensive Buzzwords

Lawson Crouse is a big, strong, power forward with a better than average skill-set.  He is very tough in the corners, in front of the opposing team’s net and a very strong forechecker.  He passes the puck well, uses his line-mates, and possesses a very good shot with a quick release.  Crouse uses his size effectively and creates time and space for his teammates.  He is a handful in front of the oppositions net on the PP.          

Skating

Lawson Crouse is a good but not elite skater, extremely strong on his skates, with good agility and decent speed.  

#67 Lawson Crouse:  video – 1:40 seconds  

Defensive Buzzwords

Lawson Crouse is a very good defensive player that contributes in all three zones.  He plays a very strong positional game and can kill penalties.

Comparable

David Backes – St. Louis Blues

Prospect Analysis 

Lawson Crouse is a big, strong, gritty winger with a nice skill-set to match his size.  He has very good hockey sense, a solid compete level, and a strong two-way game that all NHL teams covet.  My only knock on Lawson Crouse is I don’t think he scored consistently enough and this concerns me moving up to the pro-level.  Buyer beware!       

Projected:  #6 – #10 

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