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Arizona Coyotes acquire Lawson Crouse, 11th overall pick in 2015 draft, for 2 future draft picks

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 16:25:42-04

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired prospect Lawson Crouse and veteran Dave Bolland's contract from the Florida Panthers for two draft picks, the Coyotes announced Thursday.

Arizona sent a 2017 third-round pick and a conditional 2018 second-rounder that could become another 2017 third to Florida. The Coyotes are taking on the final three years of the injured Bolland's deal to pick up Crouse, the 11th pick in the 2015 draft.

Nagging injuries limited Bolland to 25 games last season, and the 30-year-old forward has three years left on his deal at a salary-cap hit of $5.5 million. But Arizona general manager John Chayka said Bolland isn't expected to play for the foreseeable future and could be placed on long-term injured reserve.

Crouse, 19, is a 6-foot-4 left winger who could make his NHL debut this fall. "He's a big, physical power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find," Chayka said.