The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced that forward Patrik Laine has been named the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending Mar. 11/18.
Laine, 19, led the Jets to a pair of wins last week. Laine became just the third player in NHL history to post four three-goal games prior to his 20th birthday. He recorded his fourth career hat trick to lead the Jets to a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Tampere, Finland native scored again in a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday before notching a power play goal in the Jets' 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. In total, Laine had five goals and a plus-four rating in the three games and he is riding a franchise record-tying 11-game point streak (15G, 6A), along with his third five-game goal streak in 2017-18.
On the season, Laine has 63 points (40G, 23A) in 68 games played. He leads the NHL in power play goals with 18 and is tied for the league lead in goals with 40. Laine, who celebrates his 20th birthday on April 19, became the ninth different player in NHL history to reach the 40-goal mark as a teenager and just the third to do so in the last 32 years. He has scored 76 career goals and only two players in NHL history have scored more goals as a teenager.
This is the second straight week and the third time in his career that Laine has been selected in the NHL's Three Stars of the Week after he was selected as Second Star for the week on Mar. 5/18 and First Star for the week on Feb. 20/17. He joins Mark Scheifele (Feb. 18 - Third Star), Connor Hellebuyck (Jan. 2 - First Star and Jan. 22 - Second Star), Blake Wheeler (Dec. 4 - First Star), and Nikolaj Ehlers (Oct. 16 - First Star) as members of the Jets that have earned NHL Three Stars of the Week honours this season.