Patrik Laine
Image: Liiga

Patrik Laine

Hometown:

Tampere Finland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1998-02-03

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2016

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2016

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

1st Round (2nd Overall), 2016

Weight:

209 lbs.

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History

2013-14: Patrik Laine competed for the Tappara club in Finland, splitting his time between the U18 and U20 squads. He spent most of the season with the U20 team, posting 26 goals and 11 assists for 37 points in 40 games. He went scoreless in 1 playoff game for that team. Laine produced 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 5 games for Tappara’s U18 team.

2014-15: Laine spent most of the season on loan to Leki in Mestis. In 36 games, he scored 5 goals and added 7 assists for 12 points, then went scoreless in 2 playoff games. Laine received his first taste of Liiga action, competing in 6 games for Tappara where he picked up 1 assist. Laine competed for Finland at the 2015 U18 World Championship, where he scored a tournament-high 8 goals and added 3 assists for 11 points in 7 games for the silver medalists. He was named to the U18 All-Star Team, and was named a Top 3 Player for Finland. Laine was chosen in two drafts after the season, in the second, 36th overall, of the 2015 KHL Draft by Dinamo Riga, and in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2015 CHL Import Draft by the Sarnia Sting.

2015-16: Laine spent his first full season in Finland’s top league, Liiga, competing for Tappara. Laine also represented Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship where he scored 7 goals and chipped in 6 assists for 13 points in his country’s gold medal win. Laine was named to the WJC All-Star Team, and was named a Top 3 Player for Finland. Laine was ranked 3rd among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft. He was ranked 3rd overall by ISS Hockey in their March rankings. Laine was chosen in the first round, second overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.

 

Talent Analysis

Laine is an imposing forward with a lethal right-hand shot that he likes to use on the off-wing, especially on the power play. A dominant offensive player in junior hockey, he has worked to become more aware of his defensive responsibilities. Like fellow countrymen Jesse Puljujarvi he played in Liiga as 17-year-old. More of a sniper than a playmaker, Laine nonetheless has stick handling and passing skills that are extremely advanced for a player his age. His offensive decision making, particularly when to hold the puck, when to shoot, and when to make a play and what type of pass to use, separate him from other young prospects.

Future

Laine had a season to remember in 2015-16, winning a championship and being named the playoff MVP with Tappara Tampere as a rookie in Liiga and winning a gold medal with the Finland U20 team and a silver medal playing in the World Championship with the national team. He is expected to be one of the top players selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. A tall, right-handed shot who is frequently used on the left wing, he has a shot reminiscent of Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, particularly on the power play. Laine's combination of size, passing and shooting skills, and offensive instincts suggest he can be a top line winger one day.

2016 NHL Draft: Winnipeg Jets add draft’s top sniper in Patrik Laine

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2016 NHL Draft - Patrik Laine - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Patrik Laine had a decorated 2015-16 season in which he won two gold medals, and was named MVP of the Liiga playoffs and the World Championship (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

With Auston Matthews off the board as expected, the Winnipeg Jets used the second pick overall in the 2016 NHL Draft to add some offensive punch to their already solid prospect pool with the selection of winger Patrik Laine of Tappara Tampere. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Laine finish atop final ISS rankings

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2016 NHL Draft - Auston Matthews - USA; Patrik Laine - Finland

Photo: Forwards Auston Matthews of the ZSC Lions and Patrik Laine of Tappara Tampere are the top two prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire and Melanie Duchene/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft is now just a couple of days away, with the remainder of the draft taking place on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

Earlier this month, ISS Hockey released their final top 30 for this year’s draft, along with their 2016 draft guide. The order in June barely changed from the list presented in May, but there was some minor shuffling within the top 10. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

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2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects - Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander

Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

 

While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Puljujarvi, Laine the cream of a solid Finland crop

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Jesse Puljujarvi - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi earned MVP honors at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship while playing alongside Sebastian Aho and Patrik Laine for Finland’s gold medal squad (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

If Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi were the only players coming out of Finland this year, the 2016 NHL Draft would still be a big one for Suomi fans. Much like the Tyler vs. Taylor theme of the 2010 NHL Draft — when media sources tried to determine whether current Dallas Star Tyler Seguin or Edmonton’s Taylor Hall would be the top overall selection — Puljujarvi and Laine have been in the media spotlight all season and are surefire first-round picks. But those two are just part of what is expected to be a large class of Finnish players taken in the 2016 NHL Draft. Read more»

(Video) 2016 NHL Draft Prospect: Award-filled season has Laine poised for a high NHL Draft selection

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Championship Ice Hockey: Gold Medal Game

Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine produced seven goals and 12 points in 10 games at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, helping Team Finland take home a silver medal (courtesy of Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)

 

 

In the span of a year and one month, Finnish forward Patrik Laine produced a body of work that would be impressive for players even many years older than the 18-year-old winger. Read more»