2020 NHL Draft Profile: Alexis Lafreniere

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Alexis Lafreniere

Prior to this season, of the 15 times there had been an MVP chosen at the world juniors, only twice had it been won by a draft-eligible player. The first was John Tavares (2009) and the second was Jesse Puljujarvi (2016). So, there’s that.

Lafreniere became the third to do it, and in doing so, he turned a two- or three-horse race for No. 1 overall in the draft into a predetermined coronation. What the hockey world saw at the WJC is what scouts have been seeing for years. “He’s basically an NHL player right now playing junior hockey,” said one scout. “He has the size, hockey sense, competitiveness, strength…there’s nothing lacking in his game.”