With the Arizona Coyotes’ third pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft they went with another defenseman. Arizona acquired this pick from the Edmonton Oilers when the Coyotes traded the 78th overall pick to the Oilers in exchange for the 82nd pick and the 126th overall pick. The Coyotes had previously acquired the 78th overall pick as part of the trade that sent Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames.
Team: Boston University
Regular Season Games Played: 38
Playoff Games Played: N/a
Playoff Goals: N/a
Playoff Assists: N/a
Cameron Crotty is a stay at home defenseman who doesn’t typically show up on the score sheet much. And while the modern offensive, puck-moving defenseman typically gets talked about more, that’s not to say that players like Crotty don’t have a place in today’s NHL.
Before playing for Boston University, Crotty previously played for the Brockville Braves in the CCHL. One of the co-owners of the Braves sang the praises of Crotty. “He’s got very good feet. He’s an NHL skater, he skates like an NHL player. He has the IQ of an NHL player, he’s got the size of an NHL player and he’s only getting bigger. He’s going to be an NHLer before long.”
While he doesn’t score much, 5 goals and 5 assists is a solid contribution for a player who only registered a goal in his freshman year. He also was third on the team and fourth among Hockey East players in blocked shots with 68.
The thing that sticks out most about Crotty may be his size. At 6’3” he definitely has the height, and at 183 pounds he is closer to physical maturity then many twenty year old prospects.
His time in Boston University seems to be treating Crotty well. He was one of four NCAA players to be invited Team Canada’s world junior selection camp, although he didn’t make the team. He also named an assistant captain for BU and has proven to be a leader on the team.
Like a lot of players we have covered in this series there is a big hurdle in Cameron Crotty making the NHL, the Coyotes have so many defensemen in their system. But that isn’t to say that he can’t make the NHL. He is consistently described as a reliable stay-at home defenceman.
With Crotty the Coyotes can have a player along the lines of Zbynek Michalek or Rostislav Klesla. He does have internal competition for that role from the likes Kevin Bahl who was drafted the year after and is even bigger. But Crotty has two more years in the NCAA where he can continue to develop into a solid defenseman.