#2 Hendrix Lapierre
Okay these next two slides I will get a lot of hate mail for. But let me be clear, this isn’t because I want them gone. I’ll be mad too if either of them get traded. But they’re included here because they’ll be an attractive piece in the package.
We’re starting with Hendrix Lapierre who the Caps traded up for by two spots in the 2020 NHL Draft that was virtual.
Now the NHL has a weird rule where even if you get drafted at 18 you can’t necessarily play in the AHL till you’re like 20. So it put the kid in a weird but cool spot.
After impressing the coaches including veteran loving Peter Laviolette, he got six games worth of NHL experience to begin the 2021 22 season and got the thrilling experience of scoring his first NHL goal on home ice on opening night.
Then he got sent overseas to continue his development. He didn’t play in the NHL at all last season but he did star with the Hershey Bears. He played in 60 games and had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in the regular season.
In the playoffs he added six points with three goals and three assists including a goal in Game 7 of the Calder Cup Finals which gave the Bears their 12th championship. Sweeter by the dozen indeed. Congrats again Bears. I will check out a game next year.