Crombeen’s sophomore OHL campaign was a little bit better than the first. His numbers showed a strong rise, and he started to take on a leadership role within the Colts. Though he slumped in the playoffs as the Colts went out in the first round, Crombeen was selected to Canada’s U18 WJC team. There he played very effective two-way hockey, posting decent numbers while playing very well defensively.
2006-07: Crombeen split the 06-07 campaign between the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) and Finland’s Ässät Pori (via loan). He finished third on Ässät in goals and second in penalty minutes before returning to Idaho. He scored 11 points in 13 games upon his return, in addition to ten points in 22 games in the playoffs as he helped Idaho to an ECHL championship.
2007-08: Crombeen spent the entire season in North America this time around, even making his NHL debut in the process. He further cemented his career role as a crash and bang forward in Iowa, periodically being called up to Dallas. Crombeen also found his way into five playoff games for the NHL’s Stars.
Strengths: Crombeen's biggest asset is his drive to play the game. He is a tireless worker that will go through a wall to help his team win. He has shown good toughness as well since he generally will not back down when challenged. He has the size to play an effective physical game. He plays a defensively responsible game and is also showing improvement in his offensive abilities. He definitely has leadership potential. Physical two-way third-liner, like Steve Ott.
Weaknesses: Crombeen has not shown a lot in the playoffs thus far in his career, especially that expected of a player who has produced at key times in the regular season. Also, while Crombeen has been showing improvement in his offensive abilities, it is questionable whether he will find the consistency necessary to produce all season long instead of in bunches. This streakiness may limit his offensive effectiveness at the NHL level.
Will fight for a spot in the NHL and, worse case, be a call-up for fourth line duties.