Projected #1 pick Alexis Lafrenière injured at the World Juniors.

Very bad sign for Lafrenière.

Projected #1 pick Alexis Lafrenière injured at the World Juniors.

This may prove to be a catastrophic situation for a great many parties.

We are currently in the middle of the International Ice Hockey Federation's annual World Junior Championship Tournament and as has become the case over the last several years it has become a tournament where fans get to see the future stars of the National )Hockey League. This season is no different with plenty of young stars on hand, including many who are currently already under contract with their respective organizations, but one young star has been shining brighter than the rest and that is the star of 18 year old Canadian forward Alexis Lafreniere.

You see not only is Lafreniere a dynamic young hockey player but he is also projected to be the number one overall pick at the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft. That means there are a ton of NHL teams with a great deal of interest in watching him develop, especially teams that are at the bottom of the standings right now and are hoping to win the NHL lottery for the first overall pick next summer. Unfortunately though during Canada's match against Russia on Saturday things turned ugly,

Instead of what should have been a showcase of Lafreniere's talents on Saturday though we got what might be the scariest moment of the entire tournament as the young forward appeared to suffer a serious looking injury. Lafreniere was charging the Russian net when his left knee or ankle appeared to buckle under the pressure he exerted on it, twisting awkwardly and causing him to fall to the ice. It was immediately obvious that the young forward was in quite a bit of pain and he appeared to be favoring his leg which would appear to indicate that this is where the injury occurred. 

It got worse from there however as Lafreniere was unable to leave the ice under his own power and had to be carried off by a pair of teammates. Lafreniere looked completely dejected as he was carried off the ice and that can not be viewed as a good sign of things to come either. This is very bad news for Team Canada, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for whom he currently plays for, and for the NHL team that was hoping to draft him in just a few short months.