LOOK: Alexis Lafreniere in a ‘photoshopped’ Blackhawks’ jersey
By Ryan Fedrau
To add to how crazy the year 2020 has been, the Chicago Blackhawks might still have a chance to draft Alexis Lafreniere if they lose to the Oilers in the play-in series.
If the Chicago Blackhawks don’t beat the Edmonton Oilers in their play-in series, they will have a chance to get the Number 1 selection in the 2020 NHL draft. Could you imagine the anger hockey fans around the world will have if Chicago somehow gets lucky enough to have the pick?
No matter who gets the pick, Alexis Lafreniere will be the player selected, there’s no doubt in my mind he’s going number one. If anyone passes up on him, they’d be stupid. He has the potential to be the next Sidney Crosby.
In the QMJHL, Lafreniere has played in 173 games over three seasons, scoring 114 goals with 183 assists for a total of 297 points. He’s played in 30 playoff games over his first two seasons where he scored 13 goals with 17 assists for 30 points.
Either way, we asked our readers to photoshop a photo fo Lafreniere wearing a Blackhawks’ jersey to see how much we like the look. ‘House of Chirps’ on Twitter stepped up to the plate inside 20 minutes to help us out. To throw a chirp his way, it’s a tad bit blurry, but we get the point!
Trust me, losing in the play-in series doesn’t sound too bad if there’s a guarantee Lafreniere coming to Chicago.
Of course, there’s no guarantee of this happening. The eight teams who lose their play-in series’ will have an equal chance of getting Lafreniere. That’s a 12.5% chance for the Blackhawks to win and have a chance to draft their future star of the franchise.
They have a better chance of getting that pick than winning the Stanley Cup though. I mean come on, their odds are so slim, wouldn’t it be better to get Lafreniere than lose in the second or even third round?
Playoff hockey is great and if the team somehow got Lafreniere, they’d see a ton fo playoff hockey with him in the future, but is winning one playoff series better than drafting the future of the next 10-15 seasons for the team? That’s a question you have to ask yourself.
The last question you have to ask is, will he be as good as the scouts say he is? Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko struggled a lot for being the next top players in the league. I know they’re young but their first seasons weren’t super special. Just a thought.