Lapierre was seen as a top-5 talent 2 years ago, but injuries have slowed his development in a big way and these early evaluations are simply not valid anymore. He’s currently a unidimensional playmaker whose pass-first approach is becoming predictable even for junior defensemen. His inability to score is becoming a red flag (only 2 goals in 19 games last season). Property Of XXl Larosa Athletic Dept Family Name School T-Shirt At this point, even if he manages to stay mostly healthy for the the rest of his career (which is a bit IF), he doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of skillsets. I really can’t see MB drafting Lapierre over Mercer. Mercer’s ability to play a non scoring role is something you rarely see out of high level players coming of junior and that really makes him a safe pick. I think it would be hard not to take him
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They actually adressed this earlier this year it was 1 concussion and a twisted vertebrae that was causing pain. Who said this though? Was it from his agent? Could be latching onto a positive diagnosis, trying to maintain value. If his junior team and/or combine doctors say the same I’d be ok with picking him. As the article says, we can afford to take a gamble on a high ceiling prospect. Is it confirmed 3 concussions? I thought I read his last set back wasn’t from a concussion but a neck injury that consisted of similar symptoms. Property Of XXl Larosa Athletic Dept Family Name School T-Shirt Yeah, unfortunately I have to agree with this. Concussions are serious business and 3 in 10 months firmly points to “buyer (or drafter) beware”. The team may be in a position to take a swing, but I think that’s just too risky.
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This. I’ll admit I’ve never seen him play in person, but from the various scouting reports I’ve seen and videos I’ve watched he has a very average to below average shot. I get that he has a high IQ and playmaking ability, but I’m baffled that a guy with this many question marks surrounding his health, and a clear knock on his game (shooting ability) would be considered a top 15 pick. I just don’t see it at all. Whether it’s Lapierre or someone else, I really hope we go for the guy with the highest ceiling/raw potential with the 16th pick Stupid amount of skills, statistically the best transition player in the Property Of XXl Larosa Athletic Dept Family Name School T-Shirt whole draft, great hands, good hockey sense. But he’s slight and inconsistent. He’s either gonna be a top-6 winger or a bust, no in-between.