ARIZONA COYOTES

Lawson Crouse’s consistent presence a blessing for the Coyotes

Feb 24, 2019, 2:05 PM | Updated: Feb 25, 2019, 7:28 am
Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse, right, and Calgary Flames' Oliver Kylington, of Sweden, scramble fo...
Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse, right, and Calgary Flames' Oliver Kylington, of Sweden, scramble for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
(Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Plagued by injury this season, nobody has embodied the “next man up” mentality adopted by the Arizona Coyotes this season quite like Lawson Crouse.

The left winger netted his ninth goal of the season on Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks and logged more than 15 minutes of TOI for the third time in the Coyotes last four games.

While his nine goals and 18 points overall are both career highs, Crouse’s value has come as a stabilizing presence and an enforcer as a regular in the Coyotes line up.

After appearing in just 11 games last season, the 11th overall pick in the 2015 Draft has started 60 of Arizona’s 61 games and leads the team with 200 hits and 60 penalty minutes.

His five roughing penalties this season rank tied for 13th in the NHL and he ranks No. 8 in the league in hits. He is one of five Coyotes that has a positive +/- rating on the season at +3.

For a team that has been battered with injuries and that ranks first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, Crouse’s intimidating presence makes up for his short comings.

At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Crouse is the tallest and heaviest non-goalie on Arizona’s roster.

Throwing his body around provides protection and opens things up for smaller players like Clayton Keller, Vinnie Hinostroza and Conor Garland who all have more goals than Crouse, but are easy targets standing 5-foot-10 or shorter.

His goal against the Canucks was necessary as Vancouver would comeback to tie the game before it was settled in overtime.

If Crouse can continue to plant himself in front of the net offensively, plant his opponents into the boards defensively and stay healthy, he will have value as a consistent member and one of the Coyotes top 12 forwards.

Penguin Air

Arizona Coyotes

General manager Bill Armstrong of the Arizona Coyotes prepares for the first round of the 2021 NHL ...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Coyotes GM ‘excited’ for potential franchise-changing NHL Draft

The 2022 NHL Draft could potentially be a franchise-changing one for the Arizona Coyotes after a turbulent few years both on and off the ice.
1 day ago
Goaltender Harri Sateri #30 of the Arizona Coyotes is congratulated by Nick Schmaltz #8 after defea...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes announce preseason schedule, to play game in Tucson

The Coyotes released their six-game preseason schedule for 2022-23 Thursday and will not play in the Valley before the regular season.
2 days ago
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper celebrates after the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay L...
Nikash Nath

Coyotes awarded 2024 3rd-round pick from Darcy Kuemper trade

Darcy Kuemper was traded to Colorado in July 2021 for a package including a conditional 2024 third-round draft pick that is now Arizona's.
5 days ago
Fans watch as the Arizona Coyotes warm up before the NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Gi...
Character Counts

Arizona Coyotes Foundation’s 2022-23 grant cycle to open July 1

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation announced that the 2022-23 grant cycle will open from July 1 and run through Aug. 1.
12 days ago
National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announces the Arizona Coyotes #3 overall draft...
Arizona Sports

Here’s where the Arizona Coyotes pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft

The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is set to be a big one for the Coyotes, having seven selections in the draft's top 45 picks.
4 days ago
Logan Cooley speaks at the Top Prospects Media Availability at the NHL Scouting Combine at HarborCe...
Sam Graveline

Coyotes nab F Logan Cooley in Bleacher Report’s latest NHL mock draft

Bleacher Report's Lyle Richardson has the Coyotes taking American center Logan Cooley with the No. 3 overall pick in his latest mock draft.
14 days ago
Lawson Crouse’s consistent presence a blessing for the Coyotes