LA Kings Select Alex Laferriere No. 83 – What You Need to Know

The Kings look to add a bit more grit into their prospect pool with the addition of third round pick Alex Laferriere.  Alex will be playing this season at Harvard in the NCAA.

Fun fact, he was accepted to West Point, but will be joining the Crimson instead.

For now, this is what you need to know…

Early Notes

Vitals

Height: 6’0″
Weight:  179
Shoots: Right

Team: Des Moines Buccaneers 
League: USHL
Position: Right Wing

Statistics

Regular Season
2019-20 Season: 42 GP, 19 G, 25 A, 45 Pts with Des Moines

Tournaments
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Awards for 2019-20 Season

Scouting Reports:

Elite Prospects

Alex Laferriere, not to be confused with Alexis Lafrenière, is a dangerous player off the rush. He gains the line and creates room for himself to make plays. Alex is a true dual-threat scorer and likes to play a real power game, even at a modest 6-feet-even and 179 pounds. Think a scoring forward with some grit, not the second coming of Cam Neely.

McKeen’s

If we were to judge players based solely on how much they improved from the beginning of the season to its conclusion, Laferriere would be an easy first rounder, with lottery rumors. Moving full time into the USHL after a productive year spent largely playing for a Connecticut area prep school, as the season got underway, he looked slow of foot and a non-factor, other than a very heavy wrist shot. But hidden behind that veneer of a poor first impression, the Des Moines offense was flowing through Laferriere once the Buccaneers were in the offensive zone. And after those first two scoreless games, the New Jersey native went on a six-game point streak featuring two four-pointers and 15 points in total.

The Draft Analysis

Laferriere isn’t a physically-intimidating forward but he possesses several key traits found in most power wingers. He’s engaged at all times and will put forth the required effort to separate opponents from the puck. He also knows when and how to engage in puck battles while operating in the defensive zone, and Laferriere seems to make it a point to cover gaps and and lend his support when it is unnecessary.

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