Alexis Lafreniere is No. 1 in the inaugural NHL.com ranking of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.
The left wing, who plays for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is expected to receive an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary Players to Watch List to be released Monday.
Lafreniere has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in seven games this season after scoring 105 points (37 goals, 68 assists) in 61 games with Rimouski last season.
He could be the third player from the QMJHL chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft in the past eight years. Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (2013; Halifax) and New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier (2017; Halifax) are the others.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was the last Rimouski player to be selected No. 1 (2005).
Here are NHL.com's top 31 prospects eligible for the 2020 draft:
1. Alexis Lafreniere (6-foot-1, 196 pounds), F, Rimouski (QMJHL) -- An incredible playmaker with great vision and accurate shot. He was named the QMJHL's most valuable player last season.
2. Quinton Byfield (6-4, 215), F, Sudbury (OHL) -- The left-handed center can skate well for his size and has an exceptional skill set. Byfield had 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists) in 64 games last season in the Ontario Hockey League and was named 2019 Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year.
3. Alexander Holtz (5-11, 192), F, Djurgarden (SWE) -- A true goal-scorer with a great selection of shots, the right wing plays a tough, intelligent game. Holtz, who had 47 points (30 goals, 17 assists) in 38 games for the Djurgarden junior team, will likely join Raymond at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.