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Laine feels discomfort in knee at Scouting Combine

Projected No. 2 pick in 2016 draft will be limited to upper-body testing on final day

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Right wing Patrik Laine, the projected No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, felt discomfort in his left knee while doing the VO2 max bike test on Friday and will be limited to upper-body testing on Saturday, the final day of the NHL Scouting Combine at HarborCenter.

Laine, who had surgery on his left knee in 2013, said he began feeling the discomfort in his leg eight minutes into the VO2 test, when the resistance on the bike is at its highest. The VO2 bike test measures a player's endurance. Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 draft, is expected to be selected by the Winnipeg Jets, who hold the No. 2 pick.

"I couldn't finish [the tests] because I had some problem with my leg, but I think it went pretty normal otherwise," Laine said. "I'm OK. I didn't finish the test because I just don't want to get hurt; I have an important summer and I don't want to miss that."

Laine was injured in the second period of a preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Championship on May 17. Playing for Finland against Canada, he was tripped on the ankle by Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. Laine returned to the game a short time later and said afterward that he was fine.

"I won't be doing anything that involves the legs [during testing on Saturday]," Laine said. "I think I will only do upper body."

Laine, 18, had seven goals and 12 points at the World Championship and was named tournament MVP for Finland, which won the silver medal. He also was named MVP of the playoffs in Liiga, Finland's top professional league, after helping Tappara win the championship.

He also helped Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. On May 27, he was added to Team Finland's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Laine confirmed that the problem was to the same leg on which he's had surgery.

The remaining nine tests to be held on Saturday are standing height and wingspan measurements, standing long jump, jump station, pro agility test, bench press, pull-ups, Y-balance test station and the Wingate Cycle Ergometer test.

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