Rookie forward Lawson Crouse, the 12th overall pick by the Panthers in the 2015 draft held in Sunrise, also made his BB&T on-ice debut Thursday.

Florida traded Crouse to the Coyotes last summer as part of a salary cap dump; Arizona took on the final three years and $16.5-million of Dave Bolland’s contract in exchange for a top prospect — in this case, Crouse.

“We got criticized for giving up on a great young prospect but we had to,” Rowe said. “That contract was strangling us, cap-wise. ...

“When we traded him, our scouts were furious. I’m not going to lie. But we had to do something and that was trade Lawson. I’m sure, to this day, he’s still sour about it.”

Said Crouse: “That’s business side of the game. They did what they thought they had to do to make their team better. I got a great opportunity here in Arizona and I’m trying to make the most of it.”