Lafreniere scored a goal in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Bruins. The 2020 first overall pick finishes his rookie season with 12 goals and nine assists in 56 games.
Lafreniere got off to a slow start but dressed for every game and got stronger as the season went along, racking up four goals and three assists in his last nine games. His goal Saturday was arguably the most impressive of Lafreniere's young career, as he went forehand-backhand in tight and roofed the puck past Tuukka Rask. Given his strong finish to the campaign, the 19-year-old winger seems poised to have a much greater fantasy impact in his second NHL season.
Lafreniere recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Sabres.
Lafreniere set up Mika Zibanejad for the opening goal 4:49 into the game. The 19-year-old Lafreniere has 17 points, 60 shots on net, 38 hits and a minus-4 rating through 49 contests. He's found more success in a top-line role lately after spending most of the first half of the campaign on the third line.
Lafreniere scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.
It's the second multi-point performance of the teenager's brief career, with the first coming March 4. There have been plenty of rookie growing pains for Lafreniere, but he's shown glimpses of his upside with nine goals and 16 points through 48 games.
Lafreniere scored a goal on his only shot in a 5-3 win over the Devils on Sunday.
Lafreniere deposited a backhander five-hole on New Jersey netminder MacKenzie Blackwood to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead 5:17 into the second period. It was the first point in five games for the 19-year-old Lafreniere, who has eight goals and six assists on the year.
Lafreniere dished out an assist in Thursday's 8-3 win over the Flyers.
Lafreniere got in on the fun late, assisting on Filip Chytil's goal with 1:58 remaining. The rookie's attempt to bank the puck off Flyers goalie Brian Elliott from behind the net almost worked, as the puck bounced off Elliott and landed on the goal line. Chytil reached in and tapped it home, resulting in the fifth assist and ninth point of Lafreniere's young career.
Lafreniere had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-1 win over the Devils.
Lafreniere was a key factor in New York's four-goal third-period onslaught. He set up Pavel Buchnevich on a 2-on-1 for New York's fourth goal, which chased Devils starter MacKenzie Blackwood. Lafreniere later picked a corner against backup Aaron Dell to conclude the scoring. This was the first career multi-point performance for the rookie first overall pick, who's heating up with five points in the last four games. He's worth at least a stash in redraft formats in case this level of production is the new normal, and Lafreniere should be universally rostered in keeper formats.
Lafreniere scored a goal on his only shot Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Sabres.
Lafreniere benefited from a lucky bounce on his goal, crashing the net and having Pavel Buchnevich's shot bank off of his body and past Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton. It was only the third goal of the year for the teenaged rookie, but it did extend his point streak to a modest three games (one goal, two assists) and landed him on the scoresheet for the fourth time in his last five contests. Lafreniere also led all Rangers forwards in ice time with 18:35 and was out there late with the team defending a one-goal lead, so he has earned coach David Quinn's trust in all situations.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||@ BOS||W 5-4||1||0||1||+1||16:05|
|05/06||@ BOS||L 0-4||0||0||0||-2||16:51|
|05/05||vs WAS||L 2-4||1||0||1||0||15:01|
|05/03||vs WAS||L 3-6||0||1||1||-1||14:30|
|05/01||@ NYI||L 0-3||0||0||0||0||17:02|
|04/29||vs NYI||L 0-4||0||0||0||-2||14:16|
|04/27||vs BUF||W 3-1||1||0||1||+1||14:57|
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