For Lawson Crouse, the timing and tide is right.
The No. 5 overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League priority selection typically comes to a team which is hoping to make an incremental improvement on a modest result from the previous season. Crouse, the first wing selected last spring, is joining the Kingston Frontenacs right a point where they are expected to be an Eastern Conference challenger. The big-bodied forward with sneaky speed and good patience offensively, is joining a nucleus that includes the highly touted 17-year-old trio of centre Sam Bennett, defenceman Roland McKeown and wing Spencer Watson. Kingston played above-.500 hockey last season until the 68-game grind caught up to its youngsters after Jan. 1 and ultimately had to scramble to get into the playoffs.
"We're coming out of a rebuild year, so this is going to be an important year for the team," says Crouse, who hails from Mt. Brydges, Ont., near London. "We have to show others that we're in the league and it would be nice to keep the train rolling this year. Hopefully we play as a team and things keep going our way.
"Everything's just beginning for me," adds Crouse, who will report to coach Todd Gill's training camp at a strapping 6-foot-3 and 198 pounds. "I just have to keep working."Read More »from Kingston Frontenacs’ Lawson Crouse joining talent-laden young team: Making The Jump