Patrik Laine
Patrik Laine
21-Year-Old Right WingRW
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed three-year, entry-level contract with the Jets in July of 2016. The contract is expected to average $3.57 million per year.
Given qualifying offer
RWWinnipeg Jets
June 25, 2019
Laine received a qualifying offer from Winnipeg on Tuesday.
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In perhaps the least surprising move in NHL history, the Jets formally issued a qualifying offer to Laine in order to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1. There is also zero chance the world-class winger signs the one-year, $874,125 offer, but the two sides figure to continue to work on a deal throughout the coming weeks.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:14
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:30
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:55
2:44
0:01
2017–18
16:29
3:00
0:00
2018–19
17:14
3:30
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sitting out Worlds
RWWinnipeg Jets
April 22, 2019
Laine will bow out of the 2019 IIHF World Championship after dealing with groin/back issues in the playoffs, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Rakes in pair of points
RWWinnipeg Jets
April 14, 2019
Laine scored a goal and added a power-play assist and three hits in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 3.
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Scores again in Game 2
RWWinnipeg Jets
April 12, 2019
Laine scored a power-play goal on five shots and added three hits in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blues for Game 2 of their first-round series.
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Finds goal column in loss
RWWinnipeg Jets
April 10, 2019
Laine scored a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
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Scores 30th of season
RWWinnipeg Jets
March 26, 2019
Laine found the back of the net in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Stars.
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