Highly touted college free agent forward Antoine Laganiere will be making his decision on which NHL team he will sign with shortly after Saturday. The Vancouver Canucks are one of the teams interested.
Laganiere and his team, the Yale University Bulldogs, are taking on the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in the NCAA Frozen Four Championship game tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Yale forward Antoine Lagamiere will pick his NHL team quickly after – the #Canucks one of the leading contenders for his services.
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In February, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and assistant Laurence Gilman both travelled to New Haven, Conneticut to scout Laganierre. He is regarded as one of the top college free agents available and we can see why from the video posted above.
Laganiere is big and protects the puck well. He can skate, play physical, and play on both the power play and penalty kill.
One of the knocks on Laganierre previously was his lack of skating ability, but it has vastly improved during his four years with Yale mainly due to hard work.
“Antoine has gotten stronger over the years here, and he improved in all facets of the game because he works hard,” Yale coach Keith Allain told Hockey’s Future last November.
“He is an extremely dedicated player, and he has done everything within his power to become a tremendous hockey player. What you are seeing now is simply a result of his hard work.”
During his time with Yale, Laganierre says he has learned to take advantage of his size to get the upper hand on his opposition.
“It is very important that I use my size by protecting the puck and keeping it far away from the defenses’ sticks,” Laganiere explained to Hockey’s Future. “Some advantages my size gives me is my reach, protecting the puck, and going around guys on the rush.”