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Laine's Blog - Part 6

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Patrik Laine / NHL.com/FI Exclusive

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.

Editor's note:

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.

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Laine's Blog - Part 5

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Patrik Laine / NHL.com/FI Exclusive

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.

Editor's note:

Laine has 55 points (33G-22A) in 64 games. He leads the Jets in goals and is second in points after Blake Wheeler (73). Laine also leads the League in power play goals, 16. The Jets (85 points) are second in the Central Division, six points behind the division leader Nashville Predators.

Video: DET@WPG: Laine dangles, roofs puck for stellar goal

The trade deadline was nothing but great news for us as we acquired a top player (center Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues). Now I have an excellent center skating on my side. I had played against him a few times, so I knew what kind of player we got. It will be nice to get to know him better as a person.

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Laine's Blog - Part 4

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Patrik Laine / NHL.com/FI Exclusive

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.

Editor's note:

Laine has played 53 games and has 41 points (24G-17A), and he's the leading scorer of the Jets. He and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin have the most power-play goals in the League, 13. The Jets (31-13-9) have been almost unbeatable at home, and the team leads the Central Division (71 points) and is second in the Western Conference behind the Vegas Golden Knights (72 points).

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Laine's Blog - Part 3

Patrik discusses his recent success on the power play, Finnish goalies and his now infamous beard

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Special to NHL.com/fi

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.

Editor's note:

Mid-season is approaching, and the Jets are in the mix as one of the top teams in the Central Division. Laine has scored 29 points (18G-11A) and has the most power play goals in the League, 10.

Looking back two, three weeks, things didn't exactly look great for us, but it seems we've been able to fix our game of late. Especially the division wins have been very important for us, and I really like what we're doing now.

Video: WPG@NSH: Laine scores on great individual effort

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Laine's Blog - Part 2

Patrik looks back at the first month of the season, and how he quickly got over a mini goal-scoring slump

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Special to NHL.com/fi

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 beginning of the season was a little bit slow and sticky, for me and the whole team, but then we found our game, got some wins, and have been playing well ever since. I have been able to score some goals, so you can say we've started the season on a positive note.

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Laine's Blog - Part 1

Patrik looks back at a busy off-season and what he expects in his second NHL season

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Special to NHL.com/fi

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.

Much was expected of Patrik Laine when the Winnipeg Jets selected the talented sniper with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. In a Finnish Flash, the Tampere-native made his mark on the hockey world with a fabulous Calder Trophy-nominated rookie season. Fittingly, not since Teemu Selanne has the Finnish Hockey world seen a talent like that of No. 29. Follow along throughout the year as NHL.com/fi tracks the forward's sophomore season on and off the ice in his own words.

I practiced really hard all summer with hardly any breaks. It was a good summer without injuries or other distractions, and now I'm in good shape to keep going all season. The summer training itself was the same as it's been in the past, but what made the difference was that there were no injuries, travel or the (NHL Entry) Draft. No breaks to the routine.

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