Alexis Lafreniere, the favorite to be the No. 1 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the Michel Briere Trophy as most valuable player of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday.

It's the second straight season Lafreniere, a forward with Rimouski, has won the award.

Lafreniere led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) in 52 games. He is the third repeat winner of the award, joining Rimouski center Sidney Crosby (2003-04, 2004-05) and Shawinigan goalie Mathieu Chouinard (1998-99, 1999-2000).

"Obviously Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game," NHL Central Scouting's J-F Damphousse said. "I think what separates him from the pack is his compete level. He's willing to play physical, he battles every game, and anytime the game is on the line you want him on the ice. He makes big plays and he responds under pressure."