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Fantasy Summary

Supremely gifted offensive player. Can beat you in any number of ways.


Observations

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August 2020 – At the conclusion of this season, Lafrenière joined Sidney Crosby as the only two-time winner of the CHL Player of the Year award – doing so as a U18 and U19 skater. Just nuts. With the discovery that the New York Rangers will select first-overall this fall, it is very likely the dynamic left-winger will be Broadway-bound. But there is a world where Quinton Byfield steals the spot and leave Lafreniere for LA. Either way, the Quebec-native is set up to land in a tremendous long-term spot. He’s a plug-and-play top-six wing capable of producing at a 50-plus point pace in his freshman year. Now let’s just hope the year actually happens. Cam Robinson

February 2020 – The consensus soon-to-be first-overall pick has done exactly what was expected of him this season – dominate. He currently sits a mile ahead of the QMJHL scoring pack and is tied for the CHL lead with 99 points in 44 contests. He’s been suspended twice this year for questionable plays. Recorded a career-high seven points in a game the other night. Won a gold medal and was named the tournament MVP at the WJC. It’s been an eventful final junior campaign for the 6’1 winger. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg. He should step into the NHL next fall and immediately make an impression. Cam Robinson

November 2019 – In a surprise to absolutely no one, Lafreniere has exploded out of the gate this season. As a draft-eligible skater, the 18-year-old has led the CHL in scoring basically from puck drop but now finds himself trailing linemate Cedric Pare by a mere point. Lafreniere, Pare and Flames prospect, Dmitri Zavgorodny, have been the most deadly line anywhere in the U20 universe. Lafreniere’s 45 points in 20 games keep him right on track to be the most impressive QMJHL draft-eligible producer since Sidney Crosby posted 2.71 points-per-game in 2004-05. Lafreniere is why you load up on lottery first-rounders. He’ll be a kingmaker for your fantasy squad. Cam Robinson

July 2019 – Now that the 2019 draft is in the rearview mirror, the spotlight will shine brightly on the Rimouski Océanic superstar. Lafrenière is as dynamic as they come from the wing position. The reigning CHL Player of the Year (in his draft minus-two season!) has accrued 79 goals and 185 points in 121 QMJHL games through his first two campaigns. He’s captained the Canadians to gold at the U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament and saw his role increase at the U20 World Junior Championships last winter. He brings speed, power, goal scoring, disgusting hands, finesse, vision.. the entire package. He’s just a month shy from being eligible for the 2019 class, which lends even more credence to the belief that he’ll step out of junior hockey and into a starring role in the NHL. Get excited about this kid. Cam Robinson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 10.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 11, 2001
Height 6‘1”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Mille-Îles SeigneursQC Int PW2 2 24 2|        
 2014-2015 Mille-Îles Seigneurs U15 AAAQBAAA27 12 719 23|        
 2015-2016 Mille-Îles Seigneurs U15 AAAQBAAA26 35 3469 39|        
  Mille-Îles Seigneurs Mdgt EspoirQMEAA2 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Saint-Eustache VikingsQMAAA36 33 5083 34|Playoffs5 1 45
  Team Québec Blue QGC-165 2 24 0|        
 2017-2018 Team Green U17-Dev3 0 00 2|        
  Rimouski OcéanicQMJHL60 42 3880 54|Playoffs7 4 37 12 
  Canada Red U17WHC-176 3 36 0|        
  Canada U18WJC-185 4 26 2|        
 2018-2019 Rimouski OcéanicQMJHL61 37 68105 72|Playoffs13 9 1423 14 
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 5 611 2|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 1 01 2|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 4|        
 2019-2020 Rimouski OcéanicQMJHL52 35 77112 50|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 4 610 4|        

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