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.

(Podcast) 2016 NHL Combine: CSS head Dan Marr talks about Matthew, Laine, and the 2016 NHL Draft

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Photo: Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr meets with the media at the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 

 

The 2016 edition of the NHL Scouting Combine is again taking place at HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY, right next door to the home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center (soon to be known as KeyBank Center). 114 prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft have been in town this week to take part in the interview and testing phases of the Combine, with the main testing session taking place on Saturday. Read more»

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Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine (#29) makes his presence felt in the game between Finland and Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

In a tournament seemingly full of highly anticipated games, this one may have been the most anticipated: USA vs Finland, Auston Matthews vs Patrik Laine, the two leading candidates to be taken No. 1. overall in this year’s NHL Draft. Read more»

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Photo: Tappara forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine has had a memorable 2015-16 season, winning gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship, then winning Finland’s Liiga championship last month, and he is now competing for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

The scouting arm of the NHL, NHL Central Scouting (CSS), released their final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft in April. ISS Hockey (ISS), on the other hand, is still releasing their monthly rankings, with their final ranking yet to come in early June. Read more»

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There is a battle for the ages going on in Finland’s top tier of professional hockey. The Liiga playoffs have reached a semi-final impasse, as Tappara and Karpat have played six games and still haven’t decided their best-of-seven series. Read more»