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.


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.          


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.


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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