Patrik Laine was the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected by the Winnipeg Jets. While Auston Mathews was thought to be the “easy” number one selection there were a few scouts I spoke with who didn’t openly feel that way. There were even some reports online at the time of the draft that if Laine had played center the Maple Leafs may have gone another way with their top selection. While that is no knock on Mathews he is an incredible player as well and we will do a “Rookie Report” on him in the near future as well, but for now lets take a look at just what Laine brings to his team.
Name: Patrick Laine
So far in Patrick Laine currently has 31 goals and 25 assists for a total of 56 points in 56 games played. His first year in the NHL and he is all ready on a point per game pace.
Here is his scouting report by The Hockey News Player Forecaster
|Owns an elite shot. Has great size and even better hands. Can play either wing position with aplomb and is a natural goal-scorer. Can use his big frame effectively to hit people.|
|Needs to work on his quickness, since he tends to need a little time before getting to top speed. Isn’t very physical, which somewhat negates his tremendous size.|
|Elite scoring winger with great upside.|
What are they saying about him?
Alexander Ovechkin had this to say about the rookie
“He’s a great scorer, obviously,” Ovechkin told reporters in Vancouver Friday ahead of the Caps’ game Saturday against the Canucks. “He can score 50 or 60 goals (in a season) if he’s going to continue to play like that.”
Quote from The Hockey News article.
Capitols Coach Berry Trotz had this to say
“Obviously, Alex, in his generation, may be the greatest goal scorer we’ve seen to this point. If Patrik has some of those attributes in terms of [shot] release, so be it. The proof is going to be over time. That’s what the great players do, is they do it night in and night out. They do it against the best. Alex gets the hard matchup every night and he still wins the Rocket Richard Trophy every year. To do that, year in and year out is very special. [Laine] can get compared to him. But if he’s going to be as good or better [than Ovechkin], he’ll have to do it over time.”
Quote from CSN Mid Atlantic article.
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