The LA Kings have an embarrassment of riches in their prospect pool, and Laferriere is one of its hidden treasures.
Drafted in the third round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound winger is in his first season for the Harvard Crimson of the ECAC and has had an outstanding campaign. In 29 games played so far this season, Laferriere has scored 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points, which are tied for the team lead. He has four power-play goals, tied for second-most on the Crimson and three game-winning goals, the second-most on the team this season.
Laferriere leads Harvard in shots (107) and has the only hat trick (which was actually a four-goal game) for the storied university this season as well.
Laferriere’s offensive exploits have greatly contributed to a successful season for Harvard to this point. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 17-9-3, and they are currently in the midst of ECAC Championship Tournament play. Their conference mark of 14-6-2 slotted them as the number three seed, which earned them a first-round bye.
Their best of three quarterfinal series begins on March 11th against RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), with all games being played at Harvard. ESPN+ carries all ECAC games (including the conference tournament games).
The other two finalists for the ECAC Rookie of the Year Award are Ayrton Martino of Clarkson University and Ian Murphy of Princeton University. Martino is a third-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars from the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, and Murphy has yet to be drafted.
The ECAC will announce the winner of the award on March 13th.
In addition to being named a nominee for the ECAC Rookie of the Year Award, Laferriere received two other honors as well. The talented winger was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and the 2022 ECAC Third Team All-League as well.
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