The Winnipeg Jets announced today they selected Patrik Laine with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Laine, an 18-year-old from Tampere, Finland, equals Kari Lehtonen as the highest Finn ever drafted into the NHL. Laine had an incredible season leading up to the draft, leading his team Tappara, to a Finnish SM-liiga Championship, scoring 33 points (17G, 16A) in 46 regular season games to go along with 15 points (10G, 5A) in 18 playoff games. Laine won the Jari Kurri Award for being the best player in the playoffs. He was also named SM-liiga rookie of the year and had the most points of any rookie in the Finish elite league.
Internationally, he led Finland to an IIHF World Junior Championship win on home soil in Helsinki. He was named to the World Junior Championship all-star team after leading the tournament in goals with seven. Laine was named to Finland's World Championship Team, winning a silver medal along with being named the World Championship's Most Valuable Player. Along with his MVP award, he was named to the tournament all-star team and the event's best forward after recording 12 points (7G, 5A) in 10 games.
Born: Apr. 19, 1998 -- Tampere, Finland
Height 6.04 -- Weight 206 -- Shoots R