19-Year-Old Right Wing – Winnipeg Jets
Patrik Laine Contract Information:
Signed three-year, entry-level contract with the Jets in July of 2016. The contract is expected to average $3.57 million per year.
Laine scored a goal, added two assists and registered four shots on net during Thursday's 6-4 loss to Florida.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Expectations are high for Laine after Winnipeg made him the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He's guaranteed a role as a top-six forward and has the ability to change the game at a moment's notice. The 18-year-old phenom has a sniperís mentality and could jump in as a scoring threat from Day 1. Second-line pivot Mark Scheifele may move to the top line at some point, but if Laine sticks on the second unit, he'll still enjoy playing with Bryan Little. Expect the Finnish youngster to step right into special-teams situations and fire the puck with his hammer of a right-handed shot that's drawn comparisons to Alex Ovechkin. But before that comp gets you all hyped up, remember that he's still very young and there will be a learning curve in the big leagues. Still, the potential is simply too great to ignore, making him a must-own player in keeper formats and a strong upside play in yearly leagues.