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Lafreniere sustains injury, will not play in Canada Russia Series

Forward received A rating from Central Scouting in players to watch list for 2020 NHL Draft

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Alexis Lafreniere, projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will not play in the Canada Russia Series because of a lower-body injury.

He is considered day to day, according to Momentum Hockey, the agency that represents Lafreniere.

The forward had been named captain for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for its two games against Russia, at TD Station in Saint John, New Brunswick, on Monday and at Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Tuesday.

Lafreniere, who plays for Rimouski of the QMJHL, is second in the league with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) in 18 games. He received an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary players to watch list.

The Canada Russia Series features two games between Russia and teams representing the QMJHL, the Ontario Hockey League (Nov. 7 and Nov. 11) and the Western Hockey League (Nov. 13-14), and is part of the selection process for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Lafreniere will not be replaced on the QMJHL roster. Halifax forward Benoit Olivier-Groulx, an Anaheim Ducks forward prospect picked in the second round (No. 54) of the 2018 NHL Draft, was named captain.

LNH.com staff writer Guillaume Lepage contributed to this report.

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