Lafreniere had one shot on goal over 12:02 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers. The rookie first overall pick remains stuck on one point through 15 NHL games, but at least that point was an overtime winner. Lafreniere is still adjusting to the speed of the NHL game, as he's often a split second too late when trying to tee up a shot or feed an open teammate in the offensive zone, but the 19-year-old winger is positionally sound and he's already capable of pulling off the occasional dazzling move with the puck on his stick. Lafreniere's also a mainstay on the second power-play unit, and he would have gotten an assist in this one if the official scorer gave out three per goal instead of two. His short-term fantasy prospects don't warrant a spot in shallower pools until he starts scoring more consistently, but Lafreniere's long-term outlook remains promising, and dynasty league managers might want to see if they can pry him away for cheap before he finds his scoring touch.
Lafreniere scored the overtime winner in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Sabres for his first NHL point. Lafreniere had his best game as a pro, consistently generating dangerous chances. His first three shots were denied by Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark, but Lafreniere got the last laugh by beating Ullmark on a 2-on-1 rush to win it in overtime. The rookie first overall pick hasn't looked at all out of place at the NHL level despite his lack of production to this point, so perhaps he'll stop gripping his stick so tightly and start to mark the scoresheet more consistently now that he has seen one go in.
Lafreniere skated on the second line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Islanders. He finished with three shots and a plus-2 rating. The rookie first overall pick played his natural left wing on the third line in the season opener, but coach David Quinn immediately shuffled the lines after the team suffered a shutout loss. Lafreniere looked much more dangerous in his second game, even though he was held off the scoresheet once again. Both Lafreniere and Panarin are in constant motion with and without the puck, so the rookie shouldn't be hampered by playing on his off wing alongside one of the league's premier left wings if this combination sticks.
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