Meet the Number One Pick in the 2020 NHL Draft

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Emmet Carroll, Writer

With the rest of the NHL season up in the air and seemingly nothing look forward to in the immediate future, I’ll be analyzing the NHL draft over the next couple weeks. The draft will go on as scheduled this year, however it will most likely not be in person and they’ll do it online. The draft is schedule for June 26-27, so we’ll just have to patiently wait until then.

As there is in all sports, there’s been a lot of speculation about who the first overall pick is going to be in this year’s draft. Names like Quinton Byfield, Yaroslav Askarov, Jamie Drysdale, and Marco Rossi are being thrown into the mix, and while they’re all phenomenal prospects, there’s only one right answer: Alexis Lafreniere. The kid is a generational talent, and it’s a no brainer that he goes first overall. The Detroit Red Wings clinched the highest lottery odds, and they’d be lucky to have Lafreniere come play in the once great hockey city.

Lafreniere was granted exceptional status to the QMJHL and played his first season at 16 years old. He’s dominated juniors ever since that moment and has 297 points in three seasons. Lafreniere won the Canadian Hockey League player of the year award for the 2018-2019 season, and he showed off his talent playing for Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Tournament, where he led them to the gold medal behind his 10 points in five games.

Whichever team lands Alexis Lafreniere will have struck gold as he’s a player that can turn a franchise around. Watch out for this kid next season.