The Panthers announced today that they have inked their 2015 11th-overall pick, Lawson Crouse, to a three-year, entry-level deal. It is expected that Crouse will get a chance to make the Panthers’ opening night roster, as well as get a chance to prove himself in several games before the team must decide whether or not to send him back to juniors.
Crouse, 18, is a 6’4″, 215-pound power forward who led the Kingston Frontenacs in points with 51 in 56 games last season, as well as goals with 29. For his size, his hands, puck skills, and skating ability are above average, and his wrist shot is of NHL-caliber. Projected line combinations have Crouse slotting in on the third or fourth line left-wing, and scouts have said numerous times that he is one of the most NHL-ready players from the 2015 Draft after McDavid and Eichel.
“We are very pleased to have signed Lawson to an entry-level contract. Lawson is a strong, skilled and physically mature forward with good hands, who will provide us with a prominent forechecking presence each night. He was one of our best players in development camp and we are confident he can make an immediate impact on our roster, playing on one of our top lines.” – GM Dale Talon
You can read our draft profile of Lawson Crouse from April by clicking here.