Alex Lafrenière is in his third year playing in the NHL, and so far, he’s not doing as great as many had expected. He was the Nr. 1 pick at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 112 points in 52 games in the QMJHL. New York Rangers and its fans had high expectations of the Canadian phenom, but so far, he hasn’t lived up to the hype.
Tim Stützle was the third pick of the 2020 Draft but has still scored almost double the points compared to Lafrenière since entering the NHL. The Rangers fanbase’s patience with Lafrenère has been great, but it might be running thin right now.
It’s not unusual for first overalls to get criticized when they’re not delivering right away in the NHL. For example, Jack Hughes was picked first in the 2019 Draft and only scored 21 and 31 points in his first two years in the NHL. However, he recorded 56 in 49 last year and is now on pace for 93 points this season.
But Lafrenière’s numbers aren’t great, and his start to the season has worried Rangers fans.
Now, fans are digging up some new stats comparing Lafrenière with goalie Marc-André Fleury, and to say it’s jaw-dropping would be an understatement.
According to one Twitter user, Marc-André Fleury had four powerplay points in his first 130 games. Lafrenière, in his first 130 games, only had two points in powerplay.
Lafrenière isn’t on the first powerplay unit in the Rangers, but he still averages a minute of powerplay in his three NHL seasons. To be worse than a goalie is a tough watch, and fans are actually shocked.
”Usually I’m against Laf slander but holy f*ck lmao,” one said.
”It’s amazing that they whiffed so hard on both Lafreniere and Kakko in back to back years,” another added.