August 10, 2020

Get on the Alexis Lafreniere hype train Rangers fans

Alexis Lafreniere (Photo: Vincent Ethier/CHL)

In less than a couple of hours, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will live draw the #1 pick in the draft. The New York Rangers have a 1 in 8 chance of winning it. That’s 12.5% folks! Still, I don’t think enough of the Blueshirt Faithful know how good this kid is. Time to find out.

Time to get on the Alexis Lafreniere hype train

Here’s a partial scouting report from my good friend Steve Kournianos.

A gifted and versatile scoring winger with outstanding hockey sense and the ability to elevate his game when the situation calls for it, Lafreniere possesses many traits that scream elite and potential NHL superstar. From his deadly wrist shot to his superior playmaking and vision, the St. Eustache native checks every block imaginable when it comes to possessing the puck. What makes Lafreniere unique, however, is his insanely high compete level, tenacity on the puck, physicality, and selflessness. Play him on a line with equally heralded or accomplished prospects, and he’ll make it a point to tap into their strengths rather than make himself the center of attention.

Alexis Lafreniere hype
Alexis Lafreniere could be a New York Ranger (NHLI/Getty Images)

Lafreniere is an excellent skater in all directions, but his powerful stride allows him to separate from opponents in open ice. It’s rare to see a winger nearing 200 pounds of any age to be able to turn on the jets immediately following a physical battle, but Lafreniere’s foot speed, long stride, and expert anticipation places him in open ice with a numbers advantage multiple times a period, let alone an entire game. Playing in a junior league has something to do with that, but there no reason to believe his escapability in close contact won’t translate to success within the trenches of NHL warfare, where time and space are earned the hard way. Lafreniere can tailor his game to fit any style of play, and his ability to play physical causes significant matchup problems for smaller opponents.

For the full Scouting Report check out The Draft Analyst

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