Patrik Laine
Patrik Laine
23-Year-Old Right WingRW
Columbus Blue Jackets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Laine wanted out of Winnipeg and got his wish shortly after the 2020-21 season started, being traded to Columbus in a deal for another disgruntled star, Pierre-Luc Dubois. Laine immediately clashed with new coach John Tortorella and managed just 10 goals in 45 games with the Jackets. For comparison's sake, Laine's lowest goal total over the course of any full season with the Jets was 28. He also potted at least 36 markers on two separate occasions. Tortorella is gone now, with long-time assistant Brad Larsen taking over in Columbus. Laine remains one of the NHL's truly elite snipers with a track record of prolonged success, and it's not as if his relationship with Larsen could be any worse than his with Torts. Laine will play nearly the entire season at age 23 and seems like a prime bounce-back candidate and value selection in all fantasy drafts this coming fall. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Blue Jackets in July of 2021.
Accepts qualifying offer
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
July 27, 2021
Laine has accepted his one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
ANALYSIS
Laine struggled to the tune of just 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games split between the Jets and Blue Jackets last season after racking up 28 goals and 63 points through 68 games with Winnipeg in 2019-20, so it should come as no surprise that he's willing to play on his one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer next campaign. The 23-year-old sniper will be looking to bounce back in 2021-22 before potentially landing a lucrative long-term deal next offseason.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:20
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:53
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:14
3:30
0:01
2019–20
19:25
3:14
0:00
2020–21
17:28
2:08
0:01
2020–21
16:20
2:53
0:00
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Just like the rest of the league, the shortened 2019-20 campaign affected Laine's point totals, as he failed to reach the 30-goal threshold for the first time in his four-year NHL career. Still, the world-class sniper still managed to garner 63 points, bouncing back from his disappointing 2018-19 campaign. For now, Jets fans should be planning to have the Finnish phenom on their Opening Night roster, though his name continues to swirl on trade winds and likely will continue to do so until the trade deadline. Even if he does get moved, Laine figures to pile up goals while being featured heavily on his team's No. 1 power-play unit, so the prospect of a trade should have little to no bearing on his fantasy value.
There are very few instances in which a 30-goal, 50-point season would be called a down year, but that was certainly the case for Laine. This is especially true considering the elite sniper went through both a 12-game and 15-game goal drought during the 2017-18 campaign. Expectations were high for the Finn after he racked up 44 goals in his sophomore season, but despite the slumps, he still managed to hit that 30-goal mark for a third straight year, with half of his goals coming on the power play. While Laine figures to anchor the second line for Opening Night versus the Rangers on Oct. 3, he could periodically be shifted into the top group to play alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler throughout the season and will no doubt continue to be a top-end fantasy target.
The Finnish winger -- drafted second overall in 2016 behind Auston Matthews -- lit the lamp 44 times to rank No. 2 in the league last year, and he also dished 26 helpers while amassing a whopping 31 points on the power play. Possessing a wicked wrister that accounted for more than half of his 241 shots in 2017-18, Laine is special because the 20-year-old sniper exhibits keen awareness and positioning from the slot. He posted “only” five goals on 56 shots during the playoffs for a pedestrian 8.9 shooting percentage, though the hockey world should bear witness to a more patient Laine as the stocky skater gains more experience. He's the real deal.
If a concussion hadn’t sidelined Laine for eight games in January, the Finn would have had a great shot at beating out Toronto’s Auston Matthews for the rookie scoring title. Instead, the sniper came just five points shy, finishing with 36 goals and 28 helpers. Like many rookies before him, Laine did hit the skids for a bit -- just five points in March -- but he should be able to rebound as he adjusts to the grind of an 82-game season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be overly concerned that he’s likely be on the Jets’ second line behind Blake Wheeler; after all, he still averaged 17:54 of ice time in that role during the 2016-17 campaign. Generally considered a pure goal scorer -- a la Alexander Ovechkin -- the teenager figures to eclipse the 40-goal threshold this season.
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 sniper’s 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.
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Picks up two helpers
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May 8, 2021
Laine dished out two assists and had one shot in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over Detroit.
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Back in there Monday
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May 3, 2021
Laine (illness) will make his return Monday against the Predators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
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Sidelined with illness
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Illness
May 1, 2021
Laine (illness) won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Mixed bag in loss
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April 23, 2021
Laine managed a power-play assist Thursday, but he also skated to a minus-3 rating in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning.
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Lights lamp twice in OT loss
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April 12, 2021
Laine scored two goals in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago.
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