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Lightning select D Maxwell Crozier with fourth-round pick

Crozier had 43 points in 60 games for Sioux Falls of the USHL last season

by Bryan Burns /

Tampa Bay added to its blueline prospect pool by taking Canadian defenseman Maxwell Crozier out of Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League with the 120th overall pick (4th Rd.) at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.

The 19-year-old Crozier tallied 10 goals, 33 assists and 132 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games for Sioux Falls. Crozier led all Stampede defensemen for goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (2), power-play goals (6), shots (118) and penalty minutes. Crozier ranked tied for first among all Sioux Falls skaters for assists and tied for sixth for scoring.

In helping lead Sioux Falls to a Clark Cup championship, Crozier led the Stampede for playoff assists and tied for the team playoff scoring lead with four goals, seven assists and 11 points in 12 games.

Crozier is a right-handed-shot defenseman from Calgary standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 195 pounds. He was ranked the 85th North American skater by NHL Central Scouting prior to the draft and is committed to play for Providence College this upcoming season.

Crozier's father Jim was a goaltender selected 19th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1990 NHL Supplemental Draft out of Cornell University.

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