2020 NHL Draft
Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Steve Kournianos | 7/25/2019 | Nashville |
Position: Left Wing
Height / Weight: 6’1, 192 lbs
Born: October 11th, 2001 | St-Eustache, QC
The Draft Analyst Ranking:
A gifted scoring winger with outstanding hockey sense and the ability to elevate his game when the situation necessitates it, Lafreniere is poised to become the first French-Canadian skater to go first overall in the draft since Vincent Lecavalier was the top pick in 1998. Although there are many things about Lafreniere that scream elite, specifically his vision and deadly wrist shot, it’s his insanely-high compete level, tenacity on the puck, and selflessness that set him apart from all his peers. 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. Lafreniere is an excellent skater in all directions, but his powerful stride allows him to separate from opponents in open ice. He can tailor his game to fit any style of play, and his ability to play physical causes significant matchup problems for smaller opponents.