October of 2020 was the exact date of the national hockey league draft. The New York Rangers secured the first-round pick and obviously chose hockey’s progression prodigy, the first overall draft selection – Alexis Lafreniere, captain of the Rimouski Oceanic and International world junior team Canada hockey club, Lafreniere certainly has the attention of his performance.
Lafreniere has definitely showcased great talent, his performance in the world juniors was an exception of his reputation, and for many, it was no surprise he was a selected first overall prospect in the NHL draft. But the relative question is, how will he exceed at the professional and international level. Many people can already assume that he will become something unbelievable, but I question that. Do they believe he will create dominance because of certain statistics, I elaborate that because the way they evaluate him certainly targets that argument? And frankly, it’s not the first time they’ve assumed something so obscure from statistics and from my point of view it’s not reliable. Shouldn’t people be looking at Lafreniere’s playing capabilities, evaluating skating, precision, shot, agility, the qualities needed to perform in the national hockey league and be an effective individual and exception to your team? It’s obvious he may hold one positive but for the remainder, as a rookie, you need to make great impressions, but for Lafreniere, he isn’t still playing juniors. He is entering into the league of professionals, and to be a competitive selection im my perspective needs to develop other strengths if he’s gonna be recognized for what they believe right now – exceptional performance. Considering stats isn’t reliable, and we should understand that from many experiences of passing draft selections.
Secondly, it probably hasn’t seemed a considerable argument, but have you ever assumed that the journey Lafreniere has been accepted and committed to is moving relatively quickly. He approached the national hockey league and ultimately gained popularity exceptionally fast in the duration of 1 year. It’s obvious I’m not seeing his perspective but his lives seem to be moving very quickly, and with all the expectation acquired by viewers, broadcasters, analysts – being the 1st overall draft pick it’s a demanding and overwhelming position especially for someone just being introduced into the professional stage. I believe that relative to his capabilities I feel his performance will be most affected by confidence, everything is moving rapidly and unorganized with the addition of covid. Additionally, with the demanding popularity expecting a generational talent to emerge, I don’t believe Lafreniere is able to sustain the confidence that will allow him to perform his rookie year to reflect the expectations of communities, with accountabilities possibly weighing him down.
Lastly, I wanted to recognize his attitude. Overall there’s two ways I acknowledge this observation. Primarily during his draft obviously with covid, he was selected from his own house. Probably a bit annoying including the fact he didn’t look pleased at all. Compared to other draft candidates, Lafreniere looked disgusted to play along with the New York Ranger, which ultimately isn’t a good impression and mentality to have. He typically didn’t seem enthusiastic either, however persuaded a more arrogant and self-conouis reaction to his selection perhaps thinking he deserved better because he believed he is better then he thinks. If my argument reflects lafreniere personally, then he needs to understand how much he’s been privileged and united and appreciate this exceptional honour. Finally with an exemption to his attitude something he will need to change is understand the how mature and competitive the professional hockey league is, i wouldn’t know how he is handling his practices right now, but in order to succeed his level in attitude through maturity and play needs to change because he isn’t playing juniors with buddies any more. His career has gotten a lot more strict, dignified, and demanding which is something he’s gonna need to evolve and adapt too.
Ultimately I personally feel Lafreniere won’t exceed the level he’s expected to perform at. There are many reasons that support that – attitude, performance and demands. Honestly, there have been a few 1st round draft picks that successfully adapted their play and exceeded as a great addition, but my opinion doesn’t believe Alexis Lafreniere will become great reliability and exception of a hockey player, that people can recognize as a generational talent. he a player more likely to evolve later in his career when he’s experienced and evolved more.
Signed, Brandon Bauder