2009-10: In 68 games with the Kitchener Rangers, Crescenzi posted 8 goals, 4 assists, and 42 PIM. During the off-season, he was a free agent invite to the Toronto Maple Leafs camp, where they eventually signed him to an entry-level deal.
2010-11: The Leafs signed the 18-year-old to a three-year, entry-level deal in September 2010 and, after completing his second OHL season with Kitchener in April, Crescenzi made his pro debut with the AHL Marlies. He had 1 assist and was +1 in his brief two-game AHL stint. Crescenzi skated in 55 of 68 games for Kitchener and scored 12 goals with 11 assists. He had 74 PMs and a -2 plus/minus . Crescenzi skated in all seven games during the Rangers' first round playoff series with Plymouth and was -5 with 1 goal, 1 assist and 6 PMs.
Crescenzi protects the puck well in the offensive zone and is not easily intimidated. He only managed eight goals and four assists last year on a loaded Kitchener squad, but this season he should see his point and ice time totals increase. He has good awarness at both ends of the ice, is good in the face-off circle and is capapble of playing in all situations. He moves well for a player of his size, but attention to skating (primarily in his first step) will aid his transition game over the next few seasons. At 6'5 and only 200lbs, Crescenzi would do well to add significant strength to his frame to make his physical game more effective.
While it's unlikely he'll be much of an offensive threat at the pro level, Crescenzi has the makings of being a valuable bottom-two line center. Crescenzi is likely to require a few more seasons of growth at the OHL level before he's AHL ready.