Andrew Crescenzi
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Andrew Crescenzi

Hometown:

Thornhill Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-07-29

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2014

Weight:

208 lbs.

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History

2009-10: In 68 games with the Kitchener Rangers, Andrew 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.

2011-12: Crescenzi attended camp with the Maple Leafs before returning to Kitchener for his third OHL season. He played in 52 games for the Rangers, missing time early in the season with a hand injury, and scored 24 goals with 23 assists, finishing -3 with 74 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to first-place London in the Western Conference finals. Crescenzi scored 4 goals with 7 assists in 15 playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 20 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Crescenzi split his first pro season between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls. A healthy scratch early in the year with the Marlies, he was loaned to the Bulls in November before returning to Toronto in January following the NHL lockout. In 15 AHL regular season games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 17 penalty minutes. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Crescenzi did not appear in any playoff games. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists in 23 ECHL games and was +1 with 28 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Crescenzi skated in 46 AHL games in his second pro season — beginning the season with the Toronto Marlies and appearing in 14 games before being acquired by the Kings in January 2015 in exchange for minor league veteran right wing Brandon Kozun. Crescenzi skated in 32 games for Kings’ affiliate Manchester. Skating for the two clubs he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -7 with 41 penalty minutes. The Monarchs finished first in the Atlantic Division but were defeated by Norfolk in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Crescenzi did not play in any playoff games.

 2014-15: Crescenzi attended his first training camp with the Kings and was assigned to AHL affiliate Manchester at the start of his third pro season. Skating in 54 games for the Monarchs he scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was -8 with 60 penalty minutes. Manchester finished first in the Atlantic Division and rolled to a Calder Cup championship in the playoffs, defeating Utica in the finals. Crescenzi had 3 assists and was +1 with 19 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games. Crescenzi signed a one-year contract with the Kings as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

2015-16: Crescenzi is skating for re-located Los Angeles AHL affiliate Ontario in his fourth pro season. Playing a sound two-way game in a lower line role for the Reign, he has a much-improved plus/minus while chipping in with a career-high in assists. The defending AHL champions are battling with the Texas Stars for the top spot in the Pacific Division. 

Talent Analysis

Crescenzi is a hulking center with the ideal size for a bottom-six player. Offensively, he can chip in on occasion, but his success is likely to stem from defensive assignments. He moves well for a big man and initiates contact consistently but is not overly combative. Crescenzi has worked to improve his agility and explosiveness through his career and has developed into an effective, if nondescript, two-way AHL forward.

Future

Crescenzi is skating for the AHL's Ontario Reign in 2015-16. In his fourth year of pro hockey, he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Kings. A point-per-game scorer in juniors, that is not his role in pro hockey. Rather, he projects as a solid defensive center who is willing to do the small jobs necessary to help his team win games.

OHL well represented in Maple Leafs CHL prospect pool

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Photo: Sam Carrick off to another strong season with the Brampton Battalion, where he has nine goals and nine assists in 25 games. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have 12 players playing at the junior level in North America. There are nine players in the OHL, two in the WHL, and one in the USHL.

OHL

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Acquired: 6th round (152nd overall) 2011

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