The 19-year-old winger will be the second teenager that the Coyotes have decided to keep past the nine-game mark, thus triggering their entry-level contracts. Defenseman Jakob Chychrun was the other; the big 18-year-old has already played 11 games.
It remains to be seen about 19-year-old forward Dylan Strome. He’s only played six games, and unlike Crouse and Chychrun, still has some filling out to do.
As for Crouse, he only has one goal in eight games, but his ice time has been steadily increasing. He’s up to 10:41 per game, and he’s tied with Shane Doan with 21 hits.
If the Coyotes’ decision on Crouse is a disappointment for anyone, it’s the OHL teams who were reportedly willing to acquire him from the struggling Kingston Frontenacs.