The New York Rangers won Monday’s NHL draft lottery and will have the first chance to select consensus No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere. It is only the second time in the franchise’s 94-year history that it holds the top-overall selection.
“Really good news,” Lafreniere said in an interview on NHL Network. “Rangers are an unreal team with really good players and a really nice city. So for sure it’s really good news, and I’m really happy.” Lafreniere is represented by Emilie Castonguay, who could become the first woman to represent a No. 1 overall pick as an NHLPA-certified agent.
Lafreniere, a native of Quebec, Canada, led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 112 points in 52 games before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 18-year-old won the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
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