Alexis Lafreniere finally coming into his own
By Jordan Laroche
Alexis Lafreniere has been the brunt of many New York Rangers fan’s complaints since joining the club last season. Lafreniere was one of the highest touted first-round picks in recent memory as he had exceptional player status in the QMJHL and dominated the league with 297 points in 171 games. But since joining the Rangers he hasn’t found consistent production just yet, but he has developed into a well-rounded player.
With five goals in his last eight games, Lafreniere has been finding the back of the net a little more consistently, but his confidence with the puck and his decision-making have improved tenfold. Lafreniere’s play improved shortly after being assigned to the Rangers top line with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, a spot previously held by Kaapo Kakko who has been out since January 21st.
While he hasn’t been credited with many assists this season, Lafreniere has forced turnovers and done the grunt work in creating offense for the team. Lafreniere has always had a chip on his shoulder and we’ve seen that this year as he has been involved in a lot of scrums and is eighth on the team in hits.
While Rangers fans have been impatient with Lafreniere thus far he has been an impactful player for the Rangers. His game score since joining the first line has improved a lot and he has been creating a lot of offense for the Rangers, it’s only a matter of time before he starts putting up points more consistently.