With the 24th pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Capitals have selected center Hendrix Lapierre from Chicoutimi of the QMJHL.
Here’s how Lapierre was ranked by various scouts heading into this draft:
- Ranked #30 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
- Ranked #27 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
- Ranked #17 by ISS HOCKEY
- Ranked #10 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
- Ranked #20 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
- Ranked #13 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
- Ranked #24 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
- Ranked #21 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
- Ranked #15 by TSN/McKenzie
Here’s more on Lapierre from our own Luke Adomanis:
Here’s another very interesting prospect. Last summer, Lapierre was pegged as a top five pick in this upcoming draft. But multiple concussions and a neck injury kept Lapierre to just 19 games this past season. Just as he was about to come back the league was cancelled due to the pandemic so no one could see how he recovered from injury. What made Lapierre a potential top five pick? He’s one of the best playmakers in the draft. This kid can dish the puck and his vision is top end. He also skates extremely well and just has the brain of a NHLr. It’s funny he wears 92, because his biggest flaw is he doesn’t shoot, much like our own Evgney Kuznetsov. There’s multiple examples of having the puck in the slot and trying to pass it off to a teammate. Lapierre will need to shoot more so opponents respect the shot leaving his teammates open back door.
The good news is he’s started the QMJHL preseason and has four goals and four assists in four games, leading the league in points per game. It is just pre-season but it’s a good showing none the less. It makes sense why a lot of teams would skip on him earlier in the first round, they’ll want something certain, but for the Capitals they should swing if they want an elite playmaker.
More to come...