Should We Compare Alexis Lafreniere To Sidney Crosby?
- A native of Saint Eustache, Quebec, a suburb just west of Montreal, Lafrenière dismisses such comparisons.
- But in a proud province whose die-hard hockey fans have waited some time for the next French Canadian superstar, he has been forced to contend with some lofty expectations.
“He played in Rimouski, and I did too. That’s something people say,” Lafrenière said. “But I’m not Crosby. I just try to be myself and play my game. If I can watch Crosby play and do things like he do, for sure I will do it to try to get better, but I don’t think I’m Crosby.”
- Like Crosby, Lafrenière was selected first overall by Rimouski in the Q.M.J.H.L. draft.
- And like Crosby, Lafrenière dominated the league at 16, being named the league’s top rookie last season as well as a first-team All-Star.
- Wrapping up the 2018-19 campaign with 37 goals and 68 assists for 105 points, the native of St-Eustache, finished just six points shy of Rouyn-Noranda’s Peter Abbandonato for the league scoring lead and Jean Beliveau Trophy honours, though he did walk away with the Michel Briere Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player.
“He reminds me of Gilbert Perreault,” NHL legend Wayne Gretzky said of Lafreniere during the Gretzky Hlinka Cup, per Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “He can skate, handle the puck. He’s just around the puck so much. When you have that much puck sense, that much speed, I can see him being a centreman at the next level.”
- Who ever will put their hands on the 2020 number 1 pick, will secure a Superstar level player for years to come.
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