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Bob McKenzie With His Mid-Season Prospect Rankings

01/30/2020 at 1:52pm EST

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

With five months to go until the NHL Draft, Alexis Lafreniere remains in a class all by himself in TSN Hockey's mid-season player ranking.

The Rimouski Oceanic winger, named most valuable player at the World Junior Hockey Championship after helping Canada win a gold medal earlier this month, remains the No. 1 prospect in our 62-player list provided by TSN's panel of 10 NHL scouts.

The 18-year-old from Saint-Eustache, Que., who is currently serving a three-game suspension from the QMJHL, leads the league this season with 24 goals and 84 points in 39 games. He tied for the tournament lead at the World Juniors with 10 points (four goals and six assists) in just five games after missing two games with a knee injury. He had two assists in Canada's 4-3 win over Russia in the gold medal game.

Lafreniere also topped mid-season draft rankings released earlier this month by the NHL and by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button.

Centre Quinton Byfield of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves is ranked second on our list, ahead of German forward Tim Stutzle.

continued, included the Top 62 list...

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