The Toronto Maple Leafs are a Stanley Cup contender but most NHL analysts feel they still need a big body forward that can score and play a physical style of game.
Will the Leafs target Lawson Crouse?
Nick Kypreos has a piece on the Toronto Star and states even though the Toronto Maple Leafs have played really well this year, there is one spot they need improvement and that is mostly on the offensive side — that can’t be overlooked.
Kypreos believes the Maple Leafs have two options. Either wait for Matthew Knies and his six-foot-three, 210-pound frame that will hopefully add the much-needed size and energy to the lineup or make a trade for a player that can play physical.
Kypreos feels the Leafs should target the six-foot-four, 220-pound Lawson Crouse. Crouse is not currently being shopped by the Arizona Coyotes but that doesn’t mean GM Bill Armstrong can’t be talked into it.
Crouse, 25, comes with a $4.3 million Coyotes salary cap hit. He was drafted 11th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1st round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. Currently over a career that spans 7 seasons, he has a total 127 points in 377 games played, and 2 playoffs points in 9 games played.