Connor Crisp
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Connor Crisp

Hometown:

Alliston Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-04-08

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (71st overall), 2013

Weight:

225 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

2013-14: Crisp made his pro debut with Canadiens’ AHL affiliate Hamilton in March following his junior season with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. He scored 2 goals and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in seven AHL games. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division. Crisp scored 28 goals with 27 assists and was +11 in 67 games for Sudbury. leading the Wolves with 120 penalty minutes. Sudbury finished second in the Central Division, falling to Barrie in a first-round playoff series. Crisp scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in April 2014. 

2014-15: Crisp skated in 39 games for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his first pro season. Filling mostly an enforcer role for the Bulldogs he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 102 penalty minutes — trailing only defenseman Joe Finley (132) for the team lead. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot.  

2015-16: Crisp skated in 10 games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in his second pro season — suffering a concussion in a fight with Lehigh Valley’s Derek Mathers in an October game and missing the rest of the year. He had no points and was -6 with 25 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Crisp was expected to be a power forward with some scoring ability coming out of the OHL. Playing primarily an enforcer role for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in his first pro season in 2014-15, Crisp was playing the same role for the St. John's IceCaps in his second season before suffering a season-ending concussion after just 10 games.

Future

Crisp played in just 10 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2015-16, suffering a season-ending injury in October 2015. A steady goal scorer during his junior career, Crisp has scored just four goals in his first 56 professional games. His role as a pro thus far has been that of an energy line player and enforcer.

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