Patrik Laine

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Patrik Laine
Patrik Laine July 2017 (cropped).jpg
Born (1998-04-19) 19 April 1998 (age 20)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 5[1] in (196 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Winnipeg Jets
Tappara
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2016
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 2014–present

Patrik Laine (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈpɑt̪rik ˈlɑi̯ne̞ʔ]; born 19 April 1998 in Tampere, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger who currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL). Laine formerly played in his native Finland with Tappara in the Finnish Liiga before he was taken with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets.[2]

Early life[edit]

Laine began playing hockey at four years old and he initially played every position. His primary position was goaltender which was his favorite position and his best at the time. Urged by his father, Laine permanently switched to forward when he was 12.[3][4] Laine left school at 16 to focus full-time on hockey.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Tappara[edit]

Patrik Laine started to play hockey in Ilves at the age of four, but soon changed to local competitor Tappara. Laine made his Liiga debut at the age of 16 with Tappara during the 2014–15 season, logging six games and scoring one point.[2] He spent most of that season, however, on loan with LeKi of Mestis.[2]

He began the 2015–16 season with Tappara, and over a span of 46 games with the club scored 17 goals and 16 assists for a total of 33 points.[2]

Prior to the start of his NHL draft season, Laine was ranked in numerous hockey publications as the fourth-best prospect in the 2016 NHL Draft.[6][7] Due to strong play with Tappara early in the season and an impressive showing at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships where he scored 8 goals in 7 games, Laine's ranking on most draft lists rose from the previous season, when he had been considered a mid-first-round prospect.[8][9]

After a dominant performance at the 2016 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he won a gold medal, was the third-leading scorer with 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points in 7 games, and was named to the tournament all-star team, Laine began to receive greater attention from scouts and casual observers.[10] By January 2016, Laine had moved up the ranking on most lists to second overall.[10] McKeen's Hockey notably ranked Laine first overall on its January 2016 list.[11] According to hockey analyst Bob McKenzie's mid-season draft report, Laine had become the "clear consensus No. 2 choice" over fellow Finnish prospect Jesse Puljujärvi.[12] This was due to what scouts described as a "'dynamic' element," with one scout elaborating that "Laine maybe is more of a pure goal scorer, a game-breaker with a little higher offensive ceiling."[12]

Laine with Liiga's Tappara at Helsinki Railway Square in March 2016.

By February 2016, Laine was considered by some scouts, such as those from McKeen's and those represented in Bob McKenzie's report, to be a potential challenger for first overall at the 2016 NHL Draft, challenging the previous consensus choice, top-ranked prospect Auston Matthews.[12] When asked by McKenzie if Matthews was still the favorite to be selected first overall in the June 2016 draft, several scouts expressed that they "had to think long and hard about it . . . Laine is right there."[12] One scout justified that "in the end, we favoured the centre over the winger but I don’t think it’s a reach at all to see Laine going first overall. A lot of our European scouts who see these guys think Laine is better."[12]

In April 2016, McKenzie reported that Laine had further closed the gap between himself and Matthews, with two of the ten NHL scouts surveyed by McKenzie reporting that they would choose Laine first overall ahead of Matthews.[13] The other scouts in McKenzie's April report, meanwhile, stated that they needed to think "long and hard about their decision" to rank Matthews ahead of Laine.[13] The National Post, meanwhile, published an article with a headline proclaiming Laine to be the "NHL draft's true No. 1."[14]

Laine's 2015–16 regular season campaign with Tappara ended in March 2016 with his team finishing third overall in the Liiga standings and thus qualifying for the subsequent postseason.[15] Laine played a pivotal role in the semifinal series against second-ranked Kärpät, scoring six goals in the seven-game series, including three last-minute goals to tie Games 4, 5, and 6; two of those goals occurred in the final minute of the third period of their respective games, with Laine's Game 6 goal being scored at 19:59 of the third period with one second remaining on the clock.[16][17][18][19] With his last-second tying goal in Game 6, his eighth of the playoffs, Laine broke Liiga's previous goal-scoring record of 7 goals in a single rookie playoff campaign.[20] Laine and Tappara consequently defeated Kärpät and advanced to the 2016 Liiga Finals.[21] Trailing 2–1 in the Liiga Finals series against HIFK, Tappara coach Jussi Tapola moved Laine to the team's first line with Jani Lajunen and leading scorer Kristian Kuusela for Game 4, where Laine recorded a goal and two assists to lead his team to a 2–2 series tie.[22][23][24] This was Laine's first ever game on Tappara's top line—for the first part of the 2015–16 campaign he had played with Jere Karjalainen, Veli-Matti Savinainen, and Stephen Dixon, while for the majority of the season he played on the team's second line with Arttu Ilomäki and Jukka Peltola.[22][23][25][26][27][28] For the first 15 games of the playoffs, meanwhile, his line featured Jan-Mikael Järvinen at center with Peltola on right wing.[29][30] Laine scored once more in the series-clinching match, as Tappara defeated HIFK in six games to win the 2016 Liiga championship title.[31] He was consequently awarded the Jari Kurri Trophy as Liiga's 2016 playoff MVP, finishing the postseason with 10 goals, 5 assists, 15 points in 18 games.[31]

Winnipeg Jets[edit]

"We don’t talk to Patty [Laine's nickname] anymore. We just talk to everybody else – tell them to give him the puck."

—Jets coach Paul Maurice on Laine, after he had scored two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 21, 2017.[32]

Laine was selected with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.[33] On 3 July 2016, Laine agreed to his three-year entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets, signalling the start to his North American career.[34] On 13 October 2016, Laine made his debut in the NHL when he played in the Jets' season-opening game in which Laine got a goal and an assist.[35] On 19 October 2016, Laine got his first hat trick.[36] On 8 November 2016, Laine got his second NHL hat trick. On 7 January 2017, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe hit Laine while he was receiving a pass.[37] As a result, Laine suffered a concussion and missed 8 games.[38] Despite his injury, Laine was selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.[39] On 14 February 2017, Laine scored his third NHL hat trick.[40] On 21 February 2017, Laine broke the Winnipeg Jets / Atlanta Thrashers franchise record for the most goals in a single season by a rookie, previously held by Ilya Kovalchuk with 29 goals.[41][42] By the end of the year, Laine had 36 goals and 28 assists for 64 points, the 2nd highest in franchise history for a rookie, next to Dany Heatley who had 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists) as a rookie in 2001–02, and the highest since relocation to Winnipeg.

In Laine's second season with Winnipeg, on 25 February 2018, Laine scored his 30th and 31st goal of the year, making him the seventh teenager in the history of NHL to score consecutive 30 goal seasons.[43] On 6 March 2018, Laine scored his 4th NHL hat trick, in a 3–0 win over the New York Rangers, becoming the third teenager in the history of the NHL to record four three-goal games before their 20th birthday.[44][45] On 15 March 2018, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Laine extended his point streak to 14 games, which set a new NHL record for the longest point streak by a teenager in league history.[46][47] His streak ended at 15 games on 20 March 2018 after he failed to collect a point in a game against the Los Angeles Kings.[48] At the conclusion of the 2017–18 regular season, Laine placed second for most goals scored in the regular season with 44, behind Alexander Ovechkin's 49.[49] Despite losing the NHL top goal scorer award, Laine became the first teenager in 30 years to score a total of 80 goals, surpassing Sidney Crosby's 75.[50] Laine recorded his first playoff goal in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild to help the Jets to their first playoff win in franchise history with the score of 3-2.[51] He became the youngest player in Jets history, as well as the youngest Finnish player in the NHL, to score a playoff goal at 19 years 357 days.[51]

International play[edit]

IIHF16WC - Game FIN v BLR.jpg
Laine (number 29) battling for the puck against Belarus at the 2016 IIHF World Championship
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
Silver medal – second place 2016 Russia
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2015 Switzerland
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 Finland

In April 2015, Laine participated at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships for Finland.[8] Through 7 games in the tournament, Laine scored 8 goals, 3 assists, 11 points to help lead his team to the gold medal match against Team USA and an eventual silver medal finish.[8] He was subsequently named to the 2015 U18 tournament All-Star Team.[52]

Laine subsequently played for Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championships, where they won gold on 5 January 2016. Due to his impressive play throughout the tournament with linemates Jesse Puljujärvi and Sebastian Aho,[53] Laine was named to the tournament All-Star Team.[54] During the tournament, Laine scored 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points in 7 games.[54]

Following his 2016 Liiga championship, Laine was named to the Team Finland roster at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, becoming the youngest Finnish player to ever play at the tournament.[55] He debuted against Team Belarus, scoring two goals and one assist to become the youngest player in the tournament's history to score three points in a game.[55] He followed this with a second consecutive two-goal, one-assist, three-point game against Team Germany, tallying 6 points in 2 games to become the highest-scoring draft-age player in the tournament's history; the previous record was held by Jaromír Jágr, who at the same age scored 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points in 10 games at the 1990 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Switzerland.[56][57] In Team Finland's final round robin game against Team Canada, Laine did not score but was considered by analyst Ray Ferraro among others to have had his best game of the tournament.[58] Laine and Team Finland subsequently reached the gold medal game, a rematch against Team Canada, where they were defeated by a score of 2–0.[59] Laine finished the tournament with 7 goals, 5 assists, 12 points in 10 games and led the tournament in goals scored. He achieved the second-highest point total by a U-19 player at a World Championship tournament, behind only Sidney Crosby's tournament total of 16 points at the 2006 IIHF World Championship.[60] At the conclusion of the 2016 IIHF World Championship, Laine was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, was named to the tournament All-Star team, and received the IIHF Directorate Award for the tournament's best forward.[60][61][62]

Personal life[edit]

Laine's favourite NHL team growing up was the Washington Capitals, particularly liking Alexander Ovechkin. In his spare time Laine likes to play video games.[63]

Sports website the Players Tribune published an article under Laine’s byline entitled “Winnipeg is Good” on 6 February 2018,[64] but Laine denied any involvement aside from being interviewed.[65]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 40 26 11 37 43 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 4 1 5 4
2014–15 Tappara Liiga 6 0 1 1 2
2014–15 LeKi Mestis 36 5 7 12 14 2 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Tappara Liiga 46 17 16 33 6 18 10 5 15 6
2016–17 Winnipeg Jets NHL 73 36 28 64 26
2017–18 Winnipeg Jets NHL 82 44 26 70 24 17 5 7 12 4
NHL totals 155 80 54 134 50 17 5 7 12 4

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Finland IH18 5th 3 1 0 1 2
2015 Finland WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 8 3 11 0
2016 Finland WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 7 6 13 6
2016 Finland WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 10 7 5 12 4
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 17 16 9 25 8
Senior totals 13 7 5 12 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Liiga
Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy (Liiga Rookie of the Year) 2016
Jari Kurri Trophy (Liiga Playoff MVP) 2016
Kanada-malja (Finnish ice hockey championship) 2016
NHL
NHL All-Star 2017 [39]
Rookie of the Month, February 2017 [66]
International
IIHF World U18 Championship All-Star Team 2015 [52]
IIHF World Junior Championship All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World Championship All-Star Team 2016 [61]
IIHF World Championship MVP 2016 [61]
IIHF Directorate Award (Best Forward at IIHF World Championship) 2016 [62]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Roslovic
Winnipeg Jets first round draft pick
2016
Succeeded by
Logan Stanley