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    Rangers Draft [LW] Alexis Lafrenière in 1st Rd. (1st) Pick

    Name: Alexis Lafrenière
    Position: LW
    Shoots: L
    Current Team: Rimouski (QMJHL)

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    When you watch him play, it’s tough to find any faults. He’s a powerful skater, a physical presence, an elite puck-mover and can drive to the net with force. And despite his superstar status, he’s not afraid to dig in the corners.

    Lafreniere’s agent, Emilie Castonguay, said it’s his hockey I.Q., vision and compete level that really separate him from his peers and leads him to be such a next-level playmaker.

    “When you have a player like that, it makes everybody around him better. Just the way that he’s able to see the game,” she said. “For me, when I look at a player – especially of his talent – the first thing you notice is every time he’s on the ice or every time he touches the puck, the game just slows down. There’s not a lot of players that are able to do that. Since he was very young, every time he’s been on the ice at every level, that’s what he’s been able to do.”

    Serge Beausoleil, GM/coach of the Rimouski Océanic: “He sees the ice so well. He’s a huge playmaker. He’s a play ahead of everybody, and anybody can play with him. He has a tremendous wrister too, so he’s a threat on the ice wherever he is. He has a huge compete level, he wants to be a difference-maker."

    André Tourigny, Coach of the Ottawa 67’s, assistant coach of Canada’s 2020 U20 team, coach of Canada’s 2018 U18 team: “Alexis is many things. You look at him and think 'OK, he’s good,' but then the pace raises and you think 'he’s still good,' and then it raises again and you’re like 'he’s still good!' He’s the best player at any pace of the game. He’s a big-game player. He has the passion and the ability to be a game-breaker whatever the stakes are. He’s a different animal because of his poise, his compete level, he wants the puck in those key situations.”

    Alexis Lafreniere: “I think my vision is my biggest strength, my ability to see the ice and find my teammates.”

    NHL scout: “He’s a guy who has continued to raise his game over time. He’s elite and has separated himself from his peers.”

    NHL scout: “He’s exceptional in nearly every regard. His straight-line speed is average, but his edges, balance and work in traffic is excellent. He gets to the hard areas without fear and makes high-end plays in traffic.”

    NHL scout: “He’s a really competitive kid, he brings it every night. He’s a natural goal-scorer. He can play a physical game, he goes to the scoring areas out of natural instincts. He has the skill, he has a great brain. He’s produced from such a young age.”
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