The New York Rangers have won the Alexis Lafreniére lottery, getting the first overall pick. The 18 year old left winger is believed to be the first overall pick ahead of center Quintin Byfield or left wing Tim Stüzle.
This is the second time that the New York Rangers have won the first overall pick, in franchise history. The first time was in the 1965 draft when the Rangers selected winger André Veilleux, who never played in the NHL.
Lafrieniére is expected to be QMJHL team Rimouski Oceanic’s first, first overall pick since Sidney Crosby in 2005. He was also the first player since Crosby to win the QMJHL Player of the Year in back to back seasons. This past season, he put up 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points in 52 games. While winning a gold medal for Team Canada in the 2020 World Junior Championships, he put up 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points in 5 games.
This is the Rangers second consecutive top 3 pick after selecting Finish winger Kaapo Kakko, second overall. Kakko finished his rookie season with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in 66 games.
If the Blueshirts decide to select Lafrieniére first overall, he will be the first ever number one overall pick to be represented by a female NHLPA certified agent in NHL history, Emilie Castonguay.
Many scouts view Lafrieniére as a potential first line winger, with a pro comparison to that of Johnathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers.
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