As the NHL Draft Lottery gets closer, Detroit Red Wings hope for Alexis Lafrenière remains high.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has begun moving forward with its return-to-play plans, which have ended the Detroit Red Wings season. As it has already been determined, the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery odds will not be changing, so the Red Wings will not get a boost in odds.
With the first phase of the NHL Draft Lottery currently scheduled to take place on June 26th, the Red Wings will not know their fate until then. The hope is that they will take home the first overall selection and right to select standout prospect Alexis Lafrenière.
Though the Red Wings were historically bad and should be the first overall selection, the Ottawa Senators own the San Jose Sharks first-round selection in 2020 after the Erik Karlsson trade. This means they technically have the advantage after adding percentages together for the Senators.
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The hope seems to have remained high amongst fans that come June 26th; the Red Wings will earn that first overall selection and be able to select Lafrenière. He is a candidate to be a future star, looking at his abilities on the ice.
If the Red Wings could add Lafrenière to the nucleus of prospects they already have, things should be trending upwards for the organization.
It does seem like the Red Wings are in need of that impact level prospect to help them kick off the translation to an era of competition once more.
It may be another losing season next year and the year after even, but things will start to head in the right direction, and Lafrenière will only help that process. The winger put on quite the show in the QMJHL and has been electric for the Rimouski Océanic.
This season, Lafrenière would play in 52 games where he would pot 35 goals and tally 77 assists for 112 points on the season. On top of that, he would represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Championships, where he played five games, having an injury keep him on the sidelines.
In the tournament, he would still tally four goals and six assists for 10 points for the Canadian team that ultimately won the gold medal. He had quite the tournament alongside other top prospect teammates like Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale.
That being said, Lafrenière is indisputably the top talent in this draft class, getting the first overall selection would be fantastic for this organization. However, adding one of the other top talents in this draft class will also do extraordinary things for the organization, but Lafrenière is still the top prize.