Raphael Lavoie surely gave talent evaluators a pause for reconsideration with a dominant postseason that saw him notch a league-leading 20 goals in 23 playoff appearances to help guide the Halifax Mooseheads to the President’s Cup Final. That formidable play came on the heels of a solid 2018-19 campaign in which the Chambly, Que., native collected 32 goals and 73 points in 62 games. Lavoie is the 20th-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.
Lavoie, who lines up at right-wing, describes himself as a power forward and compares his playing style to Anaheim Ducks captain and Calgary Hitmen graduate Ryan Getzlaf, noting that both are leaders as well as big forwards with the ability to protect the puck. Lavoie will continue to build on this style this offseason as he looks to increase his strength.
“Another big player (6-foot-4, 198 pounds) who has a lights-out shot — there really isn’t anything he can’t do,” writes Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder, doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him, and is amongst the best pure snipers in this draft class.”