Hendrix Lapierre: 2021 Annual Review And Forecast

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We proceed our annual Capitals prospect overview and forecast sequence with Hendrix LaPierre, heart for Acadie-Bathurst within the Quebec Males’s Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). (You’ll be able to entry all of our Capitals Prospect Reviews and participant evaluation on our “Prospects” web page right here.)

VITALS
Lapierre, a 6’-0”, 180 lb heart from Gatineau, Quebec, was drafted by the Capitals within the first spherical (twenty second total) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract on October 27, 2020, for a median annual worth of $925,000.

CAREER
After enjoying within the Quebec Midget AAA League in the course of the 2017-18 season, Lapierre was the primary decide total within the 2018 QMJHL draft. Lapierre, now 19, has performed with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL for the final three seasons. On June 23 LaPierre was traded from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to Acadia-Bathurst within the QMJHL.

In his first season with the Saguenéens, 2018-19, he recorded 13 targets, 32 assists for 45 factors in 48 video games. His manufacturing was sufficient to steer all first-year QMJHL gamers in factors per sport and gained the Michel Bergeron Trophy for the league’s offensive rookie of the 12 months.

For the 2019-20 season, Lapierre was solely capable of play in 19 video games attributable to accidents, however recorded 17 factors (2 targets and 15 assists).

In February 2019, he suffered a concussion and was pressured to overlook practically a month. He was capable of return to the Saguenéens for the final seven video games of the common season and take part within the playoffs the place he scored three targets and recorded two assists in 4 video games.

In the course of the summer time, he represented Canada within the Hlinka Gretzky Cup the place he scored three targets and recorded eight assists for 11 factors in 5 video games.

Expectations for him had been excessive for the 2019-20 season. The Saguenéens assembled a star studded roster that was anticipated to contend for the Memorial Cup and Lapierre was anticipated to be their prime heart. He posted 13 factors in his first 13 video games of the season, however then had an ungainly collision in a sport on October 23 in opposition to the Rimouski Océanic.

After the sport, he was identified along with his second concussion. The signs quickly subsided and he was again within the lineup lower than two weeks later. However then Lapierre took an open ice hit on November 21.  This time, the obvious concussion signs didn’t go away. He had complications, and was delicate to mild and sound. He had hassle specializing in college work and feared his season was over.

He started skating once more in January however nonetheless felt one thing was nonetheless improper. He nonetheless had complications however it was principally within the morning and they might go away in 10 minutes, which  was not typical of concussions. So the household sought different medical opinions, particularly Dr. Daniel Dyrek. In February, he had X-rays and MRI’s finished.

Whereas the imaging was comparatively clear, Dr. Dyrek did discover two vertebrae that had been misplaced. It appeared the overarching difficulty was a cervical difficulty slightly than a concussion. Dr. Dyrek figured the second and third accidents had been the aggravation of an outdated spinal difficulty, slightly than repeated concussions. Therefore, Lapierre started working to heal his backbone and strengthen the close by muscle mass. He was practically able to return in March when the rest of the season was cancelled attributable to COVID.

Lapiere had a difficult 2020-21 marketing campaign, which included greater than 60 days of quarantine time. He did handle to take part in Crew Canada’s coaching camp previous to the World Juniors in December and took part within the Capitals’ coaching camp in January (every requiring every week of quarantine earlier than taking part).

He scored eight targets and 23 assists in 21 common season video games within the QMJHL. He was fourth on his crew in targets and first on his crew is assists. He ranked 89th within the QMJHL in targets this season and twenty first within the league in assists.

Lapierre started to warmth up within the postseason, including 5 targets and 7 assists in 9 postseason video games.

2020-2021 MONTH-BY-MONTH RECAP AND TREND ANALYSIS
The next is a compilation of our month-by-month prospect experiences for Hendrix LaPierre in the course of the 2020-2021 season. (You’ll find all of our month-to-month prospect experiences on our “Prospects” web page within the prime menu).

OCTOBER

Lapierre was chosen by the Capitals with the twenty second total decide within the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Lapierre performed with the QJMHL’s Chicoutimi Saguenéens final season, recording two targets, 17 factors, and was a plus-4 ranking in 19 video games final season.

Lapierre was off to a flying begin this season with three targets and two assists by way of two video games earlier than he was drafted by the Capitals on October 6. Hendrix was held off the scoresheet on October 10.

He registered three assists (two main) and was the third star of the sport in opposition to the Shawinigan Cataracts on October 11.

The Quebec Main Junior Hockey League introduced October 15 that groups from the East and West divisions will postpone their video games till October 28, because of the pandemic. With half of the groups within the “purple zone”, it has turn out to be just about not possible to function underneath such circumstances. Nonetheless, QMJHL student-athletes will proceed to apply of their services and proceed their educational profession.

TRENDING: SAME

NOVEMBER

Chicoutimi’s final sport previous to November was on Oct. 11, in opposition to the Shawinigan Cataractes.

The Quebec Main Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) introduced on November eighth that it will transfer ahead with its plans to bubble gamers from Nov.17 to 27 on the Videotron Centre in Quebec Metropolis.

On Monday, November 16 Lapierre reported to Crew Canada’s U20 choice camp in Pink Deer, Alberta. This was the primary choice camp for Lapierre. The camp will final for the 28 days previous to the 2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lapierre performed in two intra-squad scrimmages, centering the 4th line for Crew Pink.

Nonetheless, Hockey Canada introduced on November 25 that every one gamers, coaches and employees taking part in Crew Canada’s U20 choice camp must bear a 14-day quarantine as required by the Authorities of Alberta and Alberta Well being Companies.

On November 24 it was introduced that two of the 46 gamers taking part on this years choice camp for the 2021 World Juniors Championship examined constructive for COVID-19. As per authorities orders, any particular person coming in shut contact with somebody testing constructive should quarantine for 14 days. Hockey Canada confirmed Wednesday evening that they’d adhere to the native order.

Assuming all gamers, coaches and employees started their quarantine on Tuesday, the camp would have the ability to re-start camp actions on December 7. That would depart a couple of week of extra coaching earlier than the crew is to depart for Edmonton upfront of the 2021 World Junior Championship.

The month was basically misplaced for Lapierre attributable to COVID-19. He has an outdoor shot at making the Canadian juniors crew.

TRENDING: SAME

DECEMBER

Hockey Canada introduced on November 25 that every one gamers, coaches, and employees taking part in Crew Canada’s U20 choice camp at the moment being held in Pink Deer, Alberta would bear a 14-day quarantine, as required by the Authorities of Alberta and Alberta Well being Companies.

Crew Canada acquired official clearance from Alberta Well being at present to renew the U20 choice camp actions upfront of the 2021 World Junior Championship on Tuesday, December 8.

Hendrix Lapierre moved from fourth-line Heart on Crew Pink to second-line Left Wing on Crew White, behind fellow Capitals first-round decide Connor McMichael, for the third intrateam scrimmage held on December 9.

Hockey Canada introduced its first spherical of cuts from the Crew Canada U20 choice camp on Thursday. Sadly for the Capitals’ 2020 first-round decide, Lapierre was one of many first seven lower.

Lapierre was a relative lengthy shot to make this 12 months’s crew, however the expertise was good for the 18-year-old, and he needs to be a robust candidate for subsequent 12 months’s crew.

TRENDING: SAME

JANUARY

Lapierre was invited to Capitals coaching camp, which began on January 3 and was subsequently loaned (again) to Chicoutimi of the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League on January 11.

LaPierre was interviewed by the Quebec Journal following Capitals coaching camp. “It was an unbelievable expertise and really helpful for me. Simply to see how the gamers behave and to play at this degree, it was very constructive,” he informed the Quebec Journal on the Monday he was launched from Washington, just some hours earlier than his flight dwelling.

In his first interview following the draft, Lapierre informed Capitals media that he had grown up idolizing Alex Ovechkin and even had an enormous poster of him in his room. Over the past seven days of his time at coaching camp, Lapierre performed in two scrimmages along with his idol.

“I performed on the identical crew as him in each intrasquad video games. I launched myself, we shook palms and talked to one another somewhat. It was somewhat bizarre as a result of I’ve been watching him on tv for 10 or 15 years. It was particular to see him and shake his hand, however on the similar time, I used to be there for a motive. I’m a part of the identical group.”

Extra of the interview right here.

LaPierre would quarantine for one more two weeks when he returned dwelling. Lapierre informed the Quebec Journal he may have quarantined for a complete of 49 days since final November. Extra right here.

LaPierre returned to the lineup on January 30, at left wing on the highest line for Chicoutimi.

LaPierre recorded a objective and two assists in his first sport again with Chicoutimi on January 30.

TRENDING: UP

FEBRUARY

Lapierre is at the moment enjoying video games inside a bubble in Quebec for Chicoutimi of the QMJHL. The crew performs 4 or 5 video games in six or seven days, then has every week off for relaxation and apply. Sadly, the final crew they performed had COVID circumstances floor, leading to yet one more quarantine interval for Lapierre, his fifth quarantine (63 days) since final November.

On the ice this season, Lapierre has 4 targets and 14 assists in 11 video games. He says he simply wants extra video games proper now. He’s performed in simply 30 video games over the past two seasons.

“It’s going okay, I believe. I’ve had some good video games, I’ve had some harder ones. I believe the primary factor proper now, for me, is simply to begin enjoying video games regularly. I’m kinda enjoying video games after which stopping for a month, then enjoying two video games after which stopping once more. So I believe for me, I solely performed 18 video games final 12 months, my draft 12 months, for me it’s nearly enjoying video games proper now. Get again in that rhythm of enjoying,” mentioned Lapierre on the Showbound Podcast. 

TRENDING: SAME

MARCH

Lapierre is lastly enjoying hockey once more. The Capitals’s first spherical draft decide has performed in simply 39 video games over the past two seasons.

For the month of March, Lapierre recorded 4 targets and 9 assists in 9 video games.

For the season, Lapierre has 8 targets and 23 assists (31 factors) in simply 20 video games performed. He at the moment leads Chicoutimi with a 1.55 factors per sport common. He’s first on the crew in assists, second on the crew in whole factors and fifth on the crew in targets.

TRENDING: UP

APRIL

For the month of April, LaPierre performed in three playoff video games as his crew, Chicoutimi Saguenéens, beat the Sherbrooke Phoenix three video games to none of their finest of 5 sequence within the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

For the sequence, LaPierre scored two targets and three assists. He scored targets within the video games on April 23 and April 24. Within the sport on April 26, he scored no targets however had three assists.

His crew superior to the second spherical of the QMJHL playoffs. His playoff totals are two targets and three assists in three video games.

Lapierre performed in only one common season sport throughout April and didn’t report any factors.

His totals for the common season had been 8 targets and 23 assists in 21 video games, a season that was shorter than regular due to the pandemic and associated quarantines. He was second on his crew in factors and first on his crew in assists for the common season.

TRENDING: UP

MAY

In the course of the month of Might, he had three targets and 4 assists as they performed within the second and third rounds of the QMJHL playoffs.

His crew superior previous the Quebec Ramparts within the second spherical however had been swept by the Val D’or Foreurs within the third spherical. With that sweep, Hendrix Lapierre’s season is full.

For the common season, Lapierre performed in 21 video games, scored eight targets and had 23 assists for 31 factors.

Lapierre performed all the season at left wing on the highest line for the Sagueneens.

TRENDING: UP

PLAYER FORECAST

Lapierre wants video games, plain and easy. He’s performed simply 40 common season video games and 9 postseason video games within the final two years. He might be required to return to the CHL this season, however will want a full (wholesome) season to be able to be prepared for the following step as much as Hershey the next fall.

Lapierre has proven indicators of getting subsequent degree expertise, however the lack of constant video games has been limiting. It’s actually tough to say what the Capitals have with Lapierre, however with one other full (wholesome) season, we should always know much more in regards to the first spherical draft decide.

By Jon Sorensen

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