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.

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Patrik Laine and Julius Nattinen, Finland

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Photo: Team Finland forwards Jesse Puljujarvi (L) and Sebastian Aho (R) celebrate Aho’s goal in the third period of the gold medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Team Finland captured their second U20 title in three years after defeating Russia in overtime by a 4-3 score. As the scorer of the overtime, “Golden Goal” at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland, Kasperi Kapanen (TOR) joined countrymen Rasmus Ristolainen (2014) and Niklas Hagman (1998) as Finns that have secured the gold for their country at this event with an overtime marker. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Mikko Rantanen and Patrik Laine, Finland

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Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine is among the scoring leaders at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with four goals and eight points through four games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

 

 

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