Jan 6 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New York Rangers left winger Alexis Lafrenière (13) shoots during the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Alexis Lavrinier had a solid sophomore season with the New York Rangers scoring 19 goals and totaling 39 points in 79 games. In the postseason, he showed that his game could find another level when he picked up his physical play. This resulted in 9 extra points (2G – 7A) in 20 playoffs.
The most impressive thing about his stats is that Alexis did just that by playing third-line minutes with little to no playing time.
At the end of the season, the 20-year-old admitted that with Chris Kreider and Artemi Panarin both occupying the top two spots on the left wing, his best chance was to move to the right flank.
“I want to play in the top six at the end, that’s my goal,” Lavrinier said. “I want to watch them and learn from them but hopefully I can play in the top six next year.”
Alexis Lavrinier prepares to play on the right wing
Rangers’ first overall pick in the 2020 draft recently spoke with Arthur Staple of The Athletic (subscription required) to discuss his season. When asked about navigating the squad throughout the 2021-22 campaign, Lavrinier said he was unfazed.
at one point. Gerard Gallant tried to give Lavrinier minutes on the right with Mika Zibanijad and Chris Kreider. The experience did not last long as the coach indicated that Alexis does not seem comfortable defensively in this position.
“For me, left winger, right winger, I’m ready to play wherever he is,” Lafrenière told Staple. “Every line you play with skilled players. Wherever you are next season, I will be ready.”
Alexis even added that he is already working on being a better right winger this off season.
“Just some small details, work on the right side of the ice, breakouts, area entries, things like that,” he noted. “It’s a detail but if you feel more comfortable doing it, you help yourself when it’s time to do it. I don’t change my summer job very often.”
The one thing Lafrenière admitted he needed to work on in order to take the next step was skateboarding.
“I want to become a better and faster skater, so I’m going to skate, but I want to be stronger too,” he said via the New York Post. “I’ll try to find a balance and work on everything, but skating is more focused.”
Adam Sikora lives in Slovakia
The New York Rangers signed their first pick in 2022 NHL Draft Adam Sikora to a three-year entry contract at the end of development camp this summer. Per CapFri Friendly, the AAV is worth $950,000.
“I went out after [the scrimmage] They told me, “You will sign,” Sikora said. “I was so excited and so happy for it. A great day for me.”
Sikora 17, scored 10 goals and 17 points in 46 games with Nitra. He added two goals in five matches with Slovakia in the 2021-22 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
“Adam Sekora’s engine is great,” said Scouting Director John Lilly. “He never stops working. He is very competitive. I don’t want to throw away his skills and his ability to skate. But he is definitely a high personality, a hard-working player.”
Another goal for Rangers to immediately sign him to his ELC position was to have a greater say in where he plays to continue his development.
For this season, HK Nitra has the final say and Sykora will remain with the team for 2022-23.