The Rangers silver lining is a 12.5% chance at phenom, Alexis Lafreniere

The NHL Draft Lottery left a trail of misery for every team not in the Return to Play scenario. That’s because the #1 pick in the lottery went to a placeholder team. Now the first team to enter the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes are the New York Rangers.

The 2020 NHL Draft Lottery Results

As you can see the 4th place Kings actually did well by getting pick two which will likely be Quinton Byfield. Below are the results of the lottery with the placeholder team at the top.

Sadly, and if you read our complete guide to the draft lottery for Rangers fans, you already knew. The only way for Lafreniere to be on Broadway was for the team to lose to Carolina.

NHL Draft’s top prize, Alexis Lafreniere is why Rangers fans should be excited

Rangers Alexis Lafreniere
Lafrenière (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan)

Alexis Lafreniere, will be an amazing consolation prize for the Rangers losing to Carolina. At an early age, he seemed to excel and looked destined to be a top draft pick in the NHL. The kid has all the makings to be an elite player in the league and has been under the microscope for years. This was truly a win-win situation for the Blueshirts.

The team got invaluable experience this summer, and if the lose now gives them a chance to draft a generational talent. Lafreniere has the skills to be exactly that with a 1/8 chance of being a Blueshirt. The kid has the possibility to be the next Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. He’s that good.

What a time to be a fan of the New York Rangers.