Alexis Lafrenière quietly makes his place

Alexis Lafrenière is quietly taking his place


Like the New York Rangers, forward Alexis Lafrenière is having a satisfying start to the season and his head coach Gerard Gallant has full confidence in him.  < /p>

The Quebecer has a goal and two assists in four games so far, hitting the target for the first time of the campaign Monday against the Anaheim Ducks. P

Proof of Gallant's favorable assessment of him, he is playing these days in the second line completed by Artemi Panarin and Vincent Trocheck. Having taken the place of Vitali Kravtsov on the right wing of this unit, he should remain there for a while.

“I do not envisage any major changes”, moreover declared the driver for the daily “New York Post”, as Kravtsov prepares to return to action after being hampered by an upper-body injury.

“It's still early in the year and we are 3-1-0. All in all, we play very good hockey. I won't modify stuff that works,” he added.

On the rise

Having 31 points in 79 outings last regular season, Lafrenière has fired 15 shots this season, even though his playing time has never exceeded 18 minutes per game. The first overall pick in the 2020 draft obviously wants to take advantage of every chance presented to him to earn the esteem of his bosses.

“It is certain [that this is a opportunity]. I think I can play a few more minutes and move into the top 6. I try not to think about it too much, I just try to be efficient enough to help these guys as much as possible. he said a few days ago.

“I have to keep working hard and there is nothing confirmed. Of course I want to play with them, they are very good players. You just have to polish my game on the right side and do everything to improve myself.

The “Blueshirts” will host the San Jose Sharks, led by their former pilot David Quinn, on Thursday.