The LA Kings might have another prolific goal-scorer in Alex Laferriere on their hands, as he tallied four points in Des Moines’ 5-1 win on Friday.
Alex Laferriere‘s second season with the Des Moines Buccaneers was never supposed to happen. After being selected in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the newest LA Kings prospect was enrolled at Harvard. However, with the Ivy League canceling the season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Laferriere returned to Des Moines of the USHL for the year.
Last season, the 18-year-old led all forwards with 45 points in 42 games. If not for a slow start and suspension to start this season, Laferriere might be on pace to surpass that total. As it stands, he entered Friday night with the third-most points on the Buccaneers roster, tallying a goal in Des Moines’ 3-2 win over Fargo on Thursday.
Through one period of play on Friday, Laferriere assisted on Des Moines’ goal, taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Following this, all he did was score a goal and add two more assists, accumulating four points for the night. In all, Laferriere finished fired seven shots on net, the most since February 20. He now sits in second place on the roster with 33 points, two shy of the lead.
While Quinton Byfield, Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev, and Akil Thomas draw all the attention on the offensive side, Laferriere is forcing his way into the conversation; a very good problem if you’re the LA Kings.
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