The below first appeared on www.nhl.com/fi as part of an exclusive year-long conversation with Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine. It has been translated from its original Finnish for consumption by all of Jets Nation. For more Finnish stories, visit www.nhl.com/fi.
The Winnipeg Jets drafted the super-talented Patrik Laine in the 2016 NHL Draft second in the first round, with high expectations. The Tampere, Finland native met all the expectations right away. The sniper had a superb rookie season, and he was nominated for the Calder Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. Now the Jets' #29 is in his second season, and we have a chance to follow him very closely. Laine talks about his life at the rink and away from it in Laine's Blog once a month exclusively for NHL.com/FI.
The Jets host the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Laine (44G-26A, 70 points) is the first European-born player to reach the 70-point mark in one season as a teenager. He was second in scoring in the League after Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin and first in power play goals (20).
I'm happy with my points in the regular season, even though they could have been better. Second place in scoring is a disappointment, naturally, especially because I had a chance to grab the title but couldn't do it. But I have to say second place is not so bad.