11 Reasons Why Your Favourite Team Should Draft Lawson Crouse

We know
that most NHL teams aren’t going to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup this year; 22 will either be eliminated in the first round, or not make the playoffs at all.  This means that your favourite hockey team is most likely going to have a 1st round draft pick in the top-20 picks.  

With that
being said, unlike both MoneyPuck and Rhys on this blog, I do not have a negative
view of life and I have identified the perfect pick for not only the Canucks, but for any other of your favourite teams: Lawson
Crouse.  Crouse is the ideal meat and
potatoes type of player than every NHL team desperately needs for the future success of their franchise and with a little luck and those statsmilts getting their way, he could slip far enough in the draft for your favourite team to grab him!

Here are 11 reasons why your favourite hockey team should draft Lawson Crouse over any other of those short, soft Euros and French Canadians available. Read past the jump!

1. Size

As you all know, no one under 6’2″ and 200 lbs has ever scored a goal in the Western Conference.  Crouse is
big player, and currently listed at 6’4″, he is the perfect type of power forward
that any team needs in their system instead of a pipsqueak like Nick Merkley. 
You know he is going to scare opponents into letting him score, just like in the OHL!

2. Compete

Crouse has
compete.  I’ve seen him play a handful of
times on Youtube and boy does he drive to the net hard.  He has grit and
determination that all soft non-playoff and bubble teams lack which makes him the perfect complete
player.  If you were to measure his
compete per 60, it would easily lead the league.  Which league?  All of them.

3. Scoring

Currently,
Crouse has 23 points in 30 games with the Kingston Frontenacs.  At 0.77 points/game, this is a very elite
scoring level–nevermind the fact that the Marner shrimp has that many points in his last seven games.  Translating that to the
NHL that’s 61 points in a full season which would rank him in the top 40
players.  Plus, he doesn’t score every
game so he is very elusive like a ninja.  It’s genius.

4. Sam
Bennett

Do you know who Crouse played with in Kingston?  Sam
Bennett.  You might have heard of him since all the analytics guys and scouts were raving about him last year.  If Bennett is so good and Course spent a year
with him, you know Crouse was mentored by the best. 
Plus, I bet Crouse can do a pull up which automatically makes him better than Bennett ever will be.

5. Winning

I can
confirm that the Kingston Frontenacs have never gone without a single win over
the time that Crouse was playing for them. 
If he’s won a game it’s clear that Crouse has already learned how to
win.  He’s a proven winner, and only winners win games.

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6. Good Ontario Boy

Over half
of the NHL is made up of Canadians. 
Why?  Because they have a genetic
advantage that makes them good at hockey. 
Crouse is Canadian so you know he is going to be good.  Plus, he’s from Mt. Brydges, Ontario, so you know he has the Don Cherry seal of approval.  And if you’re going to listen to one man’s opinion on hockey, it’s gotta be Don Cherry’s.

7. Made
Team Canada

Team Canada
doesn’t just hand out positions to whomever at the World Juniors, they have a long tradition of giving their 13 forward spots to the 13 best Canadian forwards, like Anthony Camara, JC Lipon, Curtis Hamilton, and Stefan Della Rovere.  Crouse made it at 17 so he is clearly one of
the top 12 Canadians under-20, so just wait until he gets older!  At this rate, he’ll probably be the captain of the next Olympic team too!

8. Gold
Medal

Crouse won
a gold medal at the World Juniors which just goes to prove he is one of the
best in the world.  You know who doesn’t have
a gold medal?  William “I’m a soft Euro” Nylander
and Nikolaj “Can’t score without Drouin” Ehlers. 
Why?  Because they’re bad.  For that matter, Jonathan “Can’t score without MacKinnon” Drouin doesn’t have a gold medal either, probably because he’s short and French.

9. He Was a 16 Year
Old in the OHL

Crouse
played in the OHL as a 16 year old.  You
know how many draft eligible players did that last year?  Only 40%. 
He is clearly in the elite group.

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10. Scouting

Scouts love
to describe him as “going to the net with an evolving confidence in his shot
and net driving” – you can tell he’s just filled with compete and grit and leadership and truculence and the type of guy that just wins you games from that quote alone.

11. Midterm Rankings

International Scouting Services, one
of the foremost scouting agencies, ranked Crouse number 3 in their midterm
prospect rankings, and NHL Central Scouting ranked him 4th.  He was right behind Connor
McDavid and Jack Eichel. Scouts watch the game, with their eyes, and they are
experts at watching the game and identifying talent.  With Crouse at number 3 you know he’s clearly in the same group with these two elite talents.

If Lawson Crouse played for Medicine Hat, I bet he would be ranked number 1 or 2 on the
ISS list, and the Canucks would trade all their prospects to have the chance to draft this superstar in the making.



    • toprightcorner

      Have to agree with NM00. Sounds more like a sarcastic rant you’d yell to your friends over the crowd noise at a bar after seeing the ISS/CSS top 10 rankings for the first time on one of their TV screens with no sound.

      Crouse was a pretty surprising –and okay, maybe even eye-rolling– leap to 3rd/4th on those lists, but I don’t think there’s any need to make him the poster boy for size/compete/subjectivity over stats/analytics/predictive data.

      Use your words… this article is the kind of “yell-y” response you’d expect (and have seen) from people defending their opinions by lashing out against advanced stats.

      • Canucksfan3322

        I wouldn’t call it “watch the games” vs stats in Crouse’s case, more like common sense. If you don’t put up the elite numbers in juniors, you’re unlikely to put up the elite numbers in the NHL. Also, Lawson Crouse seems like the kind of guy that would have really good advanced stats numbers.

  • acg5151

    I think Lawson Crouse is not the pick I would take at #3. At #20 I would definitely consider it. At #12, I would not do it.

    As far as Virtanen vs. Crouse, Virtanen had scored at a PPG in his draft year and scored 40 goals which ain’t bad. Lawson Crouse is clearly a step behind that. I still would have taken either Ehlers or Nylander ahead of Virtanen but Virtanen wasn’t a bad pick. He is pretty fast and he has a good shot, which is more important to me than size.

    All in all, if we do end up picking high, I doubt that Benning picks Crouse because a) Edmonton will pick him ahead of us unless they have the top 2 picks b) Toronto will take him with one of their top 10 picks c) Philadelphia will take him because all 3 of those teams are going to finish below us in the standings, barring a tire fire collapse (Which happened last year so you never know) but also d) Benning isn’t going to take a guy just for size, if he wanted to do that he would have taken Ritchie last year.

  • Canucksfan3322

    Interesting that This web site decided to put up an article about drafting a kid in the summer right after Bieska had surgery on his wrist….l

    Article ideas ” Does Benning make a move before draft?”
    “Can Corrado/Sbisa/Weber or Stanton take his place”

    Even a “Ghost of January past”

    Seems like pretty big news being ignored By the Army?

  • Johnny TM.

    Kids a 17 year old kid guys, like, do you really need to use him as an example of why you dont like the scouting narrative? Seems pretty low brow

    Wasn’t really that funny, but thats not my issue with it

  • Johnny TM.

    I’m not entirely comfortable with this article. I get that it’s satirical and meant more to mock the whole “meat and potatoes” drafting concept more than anything, but it’s basically ripping a 17-year-old kid to do it.

  • Johnny TM.

    This seems ill considered… although I would have basically the exact same sentiments if the Canucks ended up bombing out of the playoffs in the next couple of months and picking this kid top ten.

  • Johnny TM.

    @Char

    Thats kinda my thoughts. Take away whether or not its funny, it breaks down as attacking some 17 year old kid who has done nothing other then play hockey at an elite level

    Debates are fine, Gabriel Landeskog had similar stats on a better Kitchener team when he was 17 an he’s doing quite fine in Colorado, those convo’s are fine.

    This isnt that, its kinda low brow, not what I come to expect here.

    • Johnny TM.

      I’m in my phone and can’t access the spreadsheet right now, but I recall Landeskog having around 1.00 age adjusted points per game, while Crouae has about .75. Big difference

  • Canucksfan3322

    To all those mad at ripping apart a 17 year old kid, that’s what happens at the draft. You have to decide what kids, almost all of whom are 17-18, are worth taking. Crouse hasn’t played at the elite level you expect top-10 picks to play at. The point isn’t that Crouse is a bad prospect, it’s that he’s an overrated one and he shouldn’t be taken in the first round, but he will be.

  • acg5151

    @CanucksFan

    Its done behind closed doors, not on the net for all to see. I think there should be some more attention payed to the fact that the kid is 17 years old and not an NHL pro. You don’t see that kind of analysis on MSM. They do say ‘he may be overvalued’ or ‘dont see him in a top 6 role’, but nothing like this. Just ripping the kid because you don’t like how scouting works. Rip the scouts then, not the kid.

  • toprightcorner

    Just so you are aware, Lawson Crouse is tied for 137th in OHL scoring, Crombeen had almost 35% more points per game the year he was drafted and Kassian scored more than 50% more.

    I would love nothing better than the Canuckle Heads to draft Lawson Crouse with their 1st pick.

    Here is a quote from Puck Money in a previous article “in order for a prospect to succeed at the NHL level they should not just be good junior players, they should dominate at the junior level”

    At lease on of the writers at Canucks Army has some semblance of hockey knowledge

    Sure glad they posted The Round Up over at the other sites to make us aware of the intelligent journalism out west, heck just 8 more visitors from other Nations and you will double your comments. must be nice not to have to flip through 100’s of comments for each article as we do.

    HAHAHA have fun falling out of a playoff spot.