Alexis Lafreniere needs to step up or be traded by the New York Rangers.
One year after winning the lottery for the second overall pick, the New York Rangers won the number one overall pick thanks to some luck from the way the NHL did the lottery in 2020.
That gave them the right to draft Alexis Lafreniere. With the Roumouski Oceanic, Lafreniere was one of the most hyped-up prospects in the history of the NHL.
He had more hype than Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, and Rasmus Dahlin who came right before him as number-one picks and all three of them have been significantly better so far.
Lafreniere is far from a bust. A bust is someone who can’t even play in the NHL. Lafreniere is just a solid middle-six forward right now and that is not what the Rangers needed at that time.
Knowing how good Tim Stutzle, Jack Quinn, Dawson Mercer, and Seth Jarvis amongst others from that draft are, it makes it even worse.
Lafreniere probably needs a change of scenery and the Rangers could probably still get something great for him based on his potential. They should trade him right now.