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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Prospects to Watch Closely in 2020 NHL Draft

Alexis Lafreniere #11, Rimouski Oceanic (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Alexis Lafreniere #11, Rimouski Oceanic (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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QUEBEC CITY, QC – OCTOBER 18: Alexis Lafreniere #11 of the Rimouski Oceanic skates against the Quebec Remparts during their QMJHL hockey game at the Videotron Center on October 18, 2019 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images)
QUEBEC CITY, QC – OCTOBER 18: Alexis Lafreniere #11 of the Rimouski Oceanic skates against the Quebec Remparts during their QMJHL hockey game at the Videotron Center on October 18, 2019 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images) /

Alexis Lafreniere

Alexis Lafreniere looks like the consensus player to go number 1 overall as of right now. Like Jack Hughes and Rasmus Dahlin before him, Lafreniere has separated himself from the rest of the draft class.

The 6-foot-1 prospect is an incredible playmaker who has a niche at finding the back of the net. Lafreniere is going to miss the CHL Canada Russia series though, so watch out for other players to step up in his absence.

Lafreniere has been compared to Sidney Crosby, although he is not a fan of that comparison. If the Chicago Blackhawks get lucky enough to snag the number 1 draft pick, and by lucky I mean cursed with another bad season, the ‘Hawks would be glad to add Lafreniere to their roster.

That would make other players more expendable though. Lafreniere is a left-wing with great scoring ability and skill. Chicago already has left-wingers like Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad. If Chicago is outside of the playoff spot come February maybe they will take that opportunity to trade away a player like Brandon Saad.

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