2009-10: Connor Crisp played for the York Simcoe Express minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 31 goals with 37 assists and had 126 penalty minutes in 60 games. Crisp was selected by Erie in the second round (31st overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
2010-11: Crisp played 48 games for Erie in his first OHL season, missing five weeks early in the season due to a concussion. Skating on a veteran Otters team that finished third in the Midwest Division, he scored 5 goals and was -5 with 45 penalty minutes. Crisp appeared in all seven playoff games during the first round series with Windsor and had no points with 4 penalty minutes in limited ice time.
2011-12: Crisp suffered a shoulder injury which kept him out most of the season for Erie. Crisp made an emergency appearance in goal for Erie in his first game back, taking over after starter Ramis Sadikov suffered a head injury two minutes into a game against Niagara. In six games in his regular forward spot he had 1 assist and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes. Erie missed the OHL playoffs, finishing last in the Midwest Division and winning just 10 games.
2012-13: Crisp returned from his injuries to have a strong two-way season for the Otters in his third OHL season. He scored 22 goals with 14 assists in 63 games and was -31 while leading Erie with 139 penalty minutes. Erie again missed the playoffs – finishing last in the Midwest Division. In his second year of draft eligibility, Crisp was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was selected by Montreal in the third round (71st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Crisp is pretty athletic for a big man and possesses pretty good hands in tight. He's a tough, physical player that can play all the forward positions and won't hesitate to drop the gloves in order to protect his teammates. The big forward can cause havoc for the opposition defensemen in the corners and is difficult to move once he's planted himself in front of the net. His skating is average for his height but will need to add more power to his stride and work on his acceleration to have a chance at the NHL level.
Crisp is expected to play his rookie pro season at the AHL level in Hamilton. The tough winger is expected to provide protection for his more talented teammates but could chip in with offense as well. If the big winger struggles then he could see time in the ECHL as he adjusts to the pro game. He has the potential to be a good bottom six-forward at the NHL level.