#3 – Lawson Crouse, LW – Kingston, OHL

TSN – #7
Central Scouting – #5 NAS
ISS – #4
Craig Button – #10
McKeens – #7
THN – #8

NHL COMPARABLE: Gabriel Landeskog

UPSIDE: Top-6 Power Forward

I have Lawson Crouse higher than most but that’s because that the package that this particular player brings is pretty hard to find. Crouse made Team Canada’s WJC Under 20 team at 17, a feat not easily accomplished but he actually stood out which is something I haven’t seen in quite a while from a non-franchise-to-be type of player. My comparable for him is Gabriel Landeskog though, I’m not certain his offensive upside will be as high, I think he’ll be more physical and even harder to play against. So while there are guys at #3 with more skill who can and may put up more points up in the NHL, for his overall package of what he brings and TO WIN in the playoffs, I easily and quite confidently put Lawson Crouse at #3. I feel that his FLOOR is 3rd line LW (he can probably play that position on a good portion of NHL teams starting next season) and his ceiling goes up from there.


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