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Patrik Laine
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Born 19 April 1998 (1998-04-19) (age 21)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Winnipeg Jets
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2016
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2014–present

Patrik Laine (born on April 19, 1998) is a Finnish ice hockey player who currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected second overall in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Patrik made his Liiga debut at the age of 16 with Tappara during the 2014–15 season, logging six games and scoring one point. He spent most of that season, however, on loan with LeKi of Mestis.

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.

Prior to the start of his NHL draft season, Patrik was ranked in numerous hockey publications as the fourth-best prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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, his ranking on most draft lists rose from the previous season, when he had been considered a mid-first-round prospect.

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, Patrik began to receive greater attention from scouts and casual observers.

By January of 2016, he had moved up the ranking on most lists to second overall. McKeen's Hockey notably ranked Laine first overall on its January 2016 list.

According to hockey analyst Bob McKenzie's mid-season draft report, Patrik had become the "clear consensus No. 2 choice" over fellow Finnish prospect Jesse Puljujärvi. 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."

By February of 2016, Patrik 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.

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."

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."

In April 2016, McKenzie reported that Patrik had further closed the gap between himself and Auston Matthews, with two of the ten NHL scouts surveyed by McKenzie reporting that they would choose Patrik first overall ahead of Matthews.

The other scouts in McKenzie's April report, meanwhile, stated that they needed to think "long and hard about their decision" to rank Auston Matthews ahead of Patrik. The National Post, meanwhile, published an article with a headline proclaiming Patrik to be the "NHL draft's true No. 1."

Patrik'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.

He 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 his Game 6 goal being scored at 19:59 of the third period with one second remaining on the clock.

With his last-second tying goal in Game 6, his eighth of the playoffs, Patrik broke Liiga's previous goal-scoring record of 7 goals in a single rookie playoff campaign. Laine and Tappara consequently defeated Kärpät and advanced to the 2016 Liiga Finals.

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 Patrik recorded a goal and two assists to lead his team to a 2–2 series tie.

This was Patrik'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.

For the first 15 games of the playoffs, Patrik's line featured Jan-Mikael Järvinen at center with Peltola on right wing. He scored once more in the series-clinching match, as Tappara defeated HIFK in six games to win the 2016 Liiga championship title.

Patrik 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.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 4026113743 10000
2014–15 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 64154
2014–15 Tappara Liiga 60112
2014–15 LeKi Mestis 36571214 20002
2015–16 Tappara Liiga 461716336 18105156
Liiga totals 521717348 18105156

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Finland IH18 5th 3 1 0 1 2
2015 Finland WJC18 Template:Sica 7 8 3 11 0
2016 Finland WJC Template:Goca 7 7 6 13 6
2016 Finland WC Template:Sica 10 7 5 12 4
Senior totals 10 7 5 12 4
Junior totals 17 16 9 25 8

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Ihj
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World Championship
Silver 2016 Russia
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2015 Switzerland
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2016 Finland

In August of 2015, Patrik participated at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships for Finland, playing on a line with teammate Jesse Puljujärvi.

Through 7 games in the tournament, he 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. He was subsequently named to the 2015 U18 tournament all-star team.

Patrik subsequently played for Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championships, where they won gold on January 5, 2016.

Due to his impressive play throughout the tournament with linemates Jesse Puljujärvi and Sebastian Aho, Laine was named to the tournament all-star team. During the tournament, Laine scored 7 goals, 6 assists, 13 points in 7 games.

Following his 2016 Liiga championship, Patrik was named to the Team Finland roster at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, becoming the youngest Finnish player to ever play at the tournament.

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.

Patrik 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 Jaromir Jagr, 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.

In Team Finland's final round robin game against Team Canada, Patrik did not score, but he was considered by analyst Ray Ferraro among others to have had his best game of the tournament.

Patrik and Team Finland subsequently reached the gold medal game, a rematch against Team Canada, where they were defeated by a score of 2-0. He 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.

At the conclusion of the 2016 IIHF World Championship, Patrik 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.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championship All-Star Team 2015
IIHF World Junior Championship All-Star Team 2016
Jari Kurri Trophy (Liiga Playoff MVP) 2016
IIHF World Championship All-Star Team 2016
IIHF World Championship MVP 2016
IIHF Directorate Award (Best Forward at IIHF World Championship) 2016
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