Alexis Lafrenière, who was called most valuable gamer of the 2020 world junior hockey champion after assisting Canada record a gold medal, is the top North American skater in the NHL's mid-season draft rankings.
The 18-year-old from Saint-Eustache, Que., tied for the competition lead at the world juniors in the Czech Republic with 10 points (4 objectives, 6 helps) in simply five games after missing out on a set of games mid-tournament with a small knee injury.
He had two assists in Canada's 4-3 win over Russia in the gold-medal game.
Forward Quinton Byfield of the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves and defenceman Jamie Drysdale of the OHL's Erie Otters, who were Lafrenière's teammates at the world juniors, are ranked 3rd and second, respectively.
The 2020 NHL draft will be held June 26-27 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
If chosen first in general, Lafrenière would end up being the very first Quebec-born player taken No. 1 because Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in 2003 and first Canadian-born player to be taken with the first overall pick because Edmonton captain Connor McDavid in 2015.