The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft will begin the 2021 season in the big time.
The New York Rangers announced their initial 22-man roster on Tuesday, and Alexis Lafreniere was one of 13 forwards listed as active for their opener against the Islanders on Thursday.
Lafreniere, 19, netted 114 goals and tallied 183 assists in 173 games for Rimouski in the QMJHL over the last three years, including 35 goals and 77 assists in 2019-20. The Quebecer also notched 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games in leading Team Canada to gold in the 2020 World Junior Championships, and won the Michel Briere Trophy awarded to the MVP of the QMJHL.
Now, Lafreniere, who will wear No. 13, will join 2019 No. 2 overall pick Kaapo Kakko and three other former Top 5 picks on the Rangers’ roster.
The team’s official roster release below:
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