Lafreniere nets Jean Beliveau Trophy

Aaron Vickers2020 Draft Center, QMJHL

Photo by Vincent Ethier | CHL

Alexis Lafreniere, first in Future Considerations’ Spring ranking for the 2020 NHL Draft, was named recipient of the Jean-Béliveau Trophy, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced Saturday.

The Jean-Béliveau Trophy is handed every year to the top point-getter of the regular season and is named after Hockey Hall of Famer Jean Béliveau.

Lafreniere, who captains the Rimouski Oceanic, had 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in just 52 games for a points-per-game average of 2.15. The 18-year-old, who also helped Canada to gold at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in January, finished the season with a 13-point lead on Moncton Wildcats forward Alexander Khovanov. Khovanov had 99 points.

Past recipients of the Jean-Béliveau Trophy include current NHL stars such as Anthony Mantha, Sean Couturier, Sidney Crosby and Yanni Gourde.