MORE: Ranking the top performances from draft-eligible players at WJC“Lafreniere has exceptional skills and attributes which make him a scoring threat every time he steps onto the ice,” said director of Central Scouting Dan Marr in a press release. “Whether it’s with Rimouski in the QMJHL or on the world stage he has continually shown that he is a force that can impact and be a difference maker in games. What sets him above in this draft class is the natural compete and battle traits that are ingrained in his game, allowing Alexis to lead the way and make others around him better.”Lafreniere with some smooth moves behind the net 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/ItnMNQ1hqj— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 2, 2020At 6-1, 193-pounds, the left-wing can play a physical game and throw the body around but also has a high level of skill with silky hands that help him weave through defenders. Gifted with an innate hockey sense, the QMJHL and Canadian Hockey League MVP for the 2018-19 season has standout playmaking abilities along with a lethal shot.”I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average,” noted J-F Damphousse, regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes on a video call with reporters Wednesday. “One of his best assets, in general, is his vision, his playmaking skills. Every game that I saw him play, he makes plays that you don’t even think those plays are possible and he still makes them. But I think what separates him from the pack is his compete level. He’s willing to play physical, he battles every game and any time the game is on the line you want him on the ice. He makes big plays in games and he responds under pressure.” On Wednesday, NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft and it should come as no shock that Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere sits atop the North American skaters ranking. The 18-year-old from Saint-Eustache, Que., has been the consensus No. 1 pick for months if not years. This past season he led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games for the Rimouski Oceanic. At the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, he led Canada to the gold medal and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Forward after posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games. KOURNIANOS: Mock draft 2020 gives Lafreniere to DetroitWith the NHL season on pause, the draft lottery, which was originally scheduled to be held on April 9, is on hold as final standings are still to be determined. According to Tankathon , teams in the mix to select first include the Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, with the Detroit Red Wings holding the greatest odds.Regardless, of who picks first, they are expected to take Lafreniere, who would be the first Quebec-born player taken first overall since netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted by the Penguins in 2003. He’ll also be the first Rimouski player to go No. 1 since Pittsburgh took Sidney Crosby in 2005; Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, selected first-overall in 1998 from Rimouski, was the last Quebec-born skater taken first overall.