Thursday, August 25, 2016
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forwards Lawson Crouse and Dave Bolland from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Arizona’s conditional third round draft choice in 2017 and Arizona’s conditional second round draft choice in 2018.
“We are very pleased to acquire Lawson,” said Chayka. “He's a big, physical, power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find.”
The 19-year-old Crouse registered 23-39-62, a plus-13 rating and 56 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) last season. Crouse ranked second on the Frontenacs in points and assists and third in goals. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Mount Brydges, Ontario has recorded 67-73-140 and 190 PIM in 168 career games with Kingston.
Crouse won the U-20 Gold Medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 2014-15 and recorded 2-3-5 in 5 games. He played in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2014-15 and was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team in 2013-14.
Crouse was originally drafted by the Panthers in the first round (11th overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft.
Bolland registered 1-4-5 with 16 PIM in 25 games with the Panthers last season and has collected 85-123-208 in 433 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Panthers.