European Skater
Patrik
Laine
POSITION: RW
SHOOTS: Right
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
Weight: 206
Born: 04/19/1998
Mid Term Rank: 3
Nationality: Finnish
Club: Tappara
League: FINLAND

• Laine spent the entire 2015-16 season skating with Tappara of the Finnish Elite League where he registered 17-16—33 in 46 contests to lead the league in goals and points by a rookie. He took his game to another level in the postseason, recording 10-5—15 in 18 games to help Tappara win the league championship. For his standout playoff performance, Laine was awarded the Jari Kurri Award as Best Player in the Playoffs.

• As a member of Team Finland’s silver medal-winning team at the 2016 World Championship, 18-year-old Laine tied for the tournament lead with seven goals and led his team with 12 points (tied). For his efforts, Laine was named Most Valuable Player, Best Forward and a tournament All-Star.

• On home soil at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Laine helped lead Finland to a gold medal while playing on a dynamic line with Jesse Puljujarvi (No. 3-ranked European Skater) and Sebastian Aho (drafted 35th overall by CAR in 2015). Laine (7-6—13 in 7 GP) tied Team USA’s Auston Matthews (No. 1-ranked European Skater) for the tournament lead in goals and was named to the tournament All-Star Team alongside countrymen Puljujarvi and Olli Juolevi (No. 5-ranked North American Skater).

• Internationally, Laine also tied Matthews for the tournament lead in goals at the 2015 Under-18 World Championship, registering 8-3—11 in seven games en route to a silver medal and tournament All-Star Team honors.

• A large, powerful forward who likes to score, Laine models his game after his favorite NHL player, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.

NEWS:

LAINE LEADS TAPPARA TO LIIGA CHAMPIONSHIP, NAMED MVP

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: LAINE MADE IMPACT

CONFIDENCE KEY FOR FINNISH DRAFT PROSPECT LAINE


GETTING TO KNOW PATRIK...

My go-to karaoke choice is: Lempo
Last TV show I binge-watched is: How I Met Your Mother
The celebrity that always makes me laugh is: Neil Patrick Harris
The app I spend way too much time on is: WhatsApp
At an all-you-can-eat buffet I go straight for the: Steak
The coolest person I've ever met is: Aleksi Salonen
The athlete I admire most is: Alex Ovechkin
If I could be one person for a day it would be: Roger Federer
One thing people don't usually know about me is: I was good in school
I am inspired by: Pretty goals
I am afraid of: Nothing
I dream of: Being the world's best player