SUNRISE, Fla – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft the team selected LW Lawson Crouse from the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
“We are thrilled to have selected Lawson in front of our fans at BB&T Center,” said Tallon. “He is a strong, skilled and physically mature forward who possesses excellent character and led Kingston in points last season. Lawson is another building block for our team and we are confident that he will fit well with our young core of talented players that includes Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau. We look forward to his continued growth and contributions to our team and the South Florida community.”
Crouse, 18, led Kingston in goals (29) and points (51), while playing in 56 games. In 2014-15, Crouse represented Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship, winning a Gold Medal. The youngest player on the Canadian roster, the 6-foot-4, 213-pound forward notched three points (1-2—3) in seven games.
The Mt. Brydges, Ontario native led Team Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with six goals in five games. Crouse helped lead Canada to a Bronze Medal in the tournament with a game-winning goal in the team’s final contest.
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