Flyers’ Lawsoncrouse Interest Shows Team’s Focus on the Future

The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t in the best position to be sellers, as they sit seven points back with three more games played than the Boston Bruins who hold the second wildcard spot. It was revealed that the Flyers are one of many teams to be relegated.Have shown interestLawson Crouse, the Arizona Coyotes are currently in fire-sale modeThey continue to rebuild.

Flyers are interested in these reasons

There are many reasons for the Flyers to get in on a young forward this year, even though they might not be in that race. The Flyers have only eight NHL forwards who signed after this season, and they have the potential to sign more players in the future.

Crouse is 24 years old. He is signed at $1.533million and will remain a restricted free agent (RFA) until the end. RFA is important because Crouse will have his rights and be able to negotiate a contract quicker than free agency. Because of this, the Flyers definitely don’t want to miss out on acquiring someone they are interested in and then he isn’t available anymore due to signing with another team.

Lawson Crouse, Arizona Coyotes (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

The former 11th overall selection has shown potential. Some players take longer for their development, while others are more apt to benefit from a change of scenery or new teammates. The Flyers didn’t really address their forward group too much in the offseason, as they had a number of players tied up in contracts and they were building to win. If the losing trend continues, there could be more than just upcoming free players who are looking to retool for their future.

Crouse Can Be Integral Bottom-6 Player for Flyers

Crouse has been with the Coyotes for six years. He is not known to have scored many goals. This has had a significant impact on his offensive production throughout the years. He has reached a career high of 15 goals, 25 points and both came in the 2019-20 seasons. He had a disappointing season last year but has rebounded well and should surpass his season highs of goals, assists and points before the season ends.

Crouse is currently in the top six in Arizona. But, they also have a weaker team. He has been rewarded for playing on the second-line, with 17 points and nine goals in 32 games. He could be a Flyer acquisition candidate.

Crouse, who has been a solid player this season, would likely be placed on the third or fourth line. There is a chance he could be mixed in the top six. The Flyers’ forwards signed after this season are Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee, Scott Laughton, and Oskar Lindblom. Crouse, if there are no other signings, would only be competing with van Riemsdyk and Laughton for top-six minutes. These players are more in the middle of six, and Lindblom or Laughton should be third on a fully-healthy team.

Next Wave of Flyers

Crouse is fourth in goals and points (nine) when compared to Philadelphia’s lineup. You may be surprised at the plus/minus Crouse has. Crouse is the only player on a Coyotes roster with a minus56.

Lawson Crouse Arizona Coyotes
Lawson Crouse, Arizona Coyotes (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Because of the large number of full-time NHLers missing time due to injury and COVID, the next generation of Flyers has already begun. This is true for both the forwards as well as the defense. Carter Hart is a young player and has been an asset to the Flyers. He continues to do his part in helping the team bounce back. The rest of the team, however, has seen players such as Max Willman and Morgan Frost, Jackson Cates as well as Connor Bunnaman, Cam York and Connor Bunnaman all make their way into the NHL this season in some capacity to experience the best.

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Crouse, who is only 24, fits right in the age bracket of many Flyers around whom they can build the future. While the future of Claude Giroux remains uncertain, a decision from him could be the key to the Flyers’ ability to retool again and plan for their future. Crouse’s acquisition is a move that will help the Flyers in the near future, and not a piece they are still waiting to add to their team.