The first overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft is signed for next season.
Alexis Lafreniere inked a three-year entry-level contract with the New York Rangers.
With the first pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected forward Alexis Lafrenière. Lafrenière was captain for Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Lafrenière, who joined the draft via video conference, threw on his new Rangers jersey and draft hat and smiled with his family on camera.
The New York Rangers have won the Alexis Lafrenière sweepstakes and will have the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The Rangers were one of eight teams that lost during the NHL’s Stanley Cup Qualifying round and had a chance to win the first overall pick. All eight teams had their logo placed on one ping pong ball and a ping pong ball machine randomly selected the winner. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was present to announce the winner.
Congratulations, UNNAMED HOCKEY TEAM IN THE NHL’S 24-TEAM PLAYOFF. You have just won the Alexis Lafrenière sweepstakes. (Just please don’t let it end up being Pittsburgh.)
The Detroit Red Wings, the worst team in the league by far, tragically fell out of the top three while the Ottawa Senators, who had the second and third-best odds to get the number one pick, will draft third and fifth.
Connor McMichael scored his second goal of the World Junior Championship on Thursday.
The Capitals 2019 first-round pick dented the twine in the second period to give Canada a 2-0 lead. The goal would end up being the game-winner in Team Canada’s 6-1 quarterfinal win over Slovakia.
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