Pros and Cons of Lawson Crouse as Possible Carolina Hurricanes Draft Pick

May 11th, 2015 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

If Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis plans to acquaint himself with potential options for the fifth overall pick at an amusement park, the 'Canes will be picking Lawson Crouse come June 26.

Petite phenom Mitchell Marner, whose pros and cons I analyzed last week, may not meet the minimum weight requirement for a few rides. The big, bruising, powerful Crouse definitely will not have that same problem.

Crouse—a hulking presence as a 6'4", 212-pound 18-year-old—is ranked as a conclusive top-10 selection in the upcoming 2015 NHL draft by most every source. He has the potential to be the next great power forward in a league that has recently grown disenchanted by such a type of player.

But his basic scoring production in 2014-15 with the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs raises concerns equal to the praise garnered by his pure physical abilities.

Is Crouse's combination of size and style enough for Francis and the 'Canes to overlook his imperfect resume? 



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